The determination of genome size in male and female germ cells of Drosophila melanogaster by DNA-Feulgen cytophotometry

Histochemistry. 1980;66(1):11-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00493241.


The amounts of DNA in haploid and diploid cells of Drosophila melanogaster have been determined by DNA-Feulgen cytophotometry, using Xenopus laevis erythrocyte nuclei as a reference standard. The haploid male genome is estimated to be 0.18 pg DNA and the haploid female genome, 0.20 pg DNA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Nucleus / analysis
  • Cytological Techniques
  • DNA / analysis*
  • Diploidy
  • Drosophila melanogaster / analysis*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / cytology
  • Female
  • Haploidy
  • Male
  • Oocytes / analysis
  • Ovary / cytology
  • Spermatozoa / analysis


  • DNA