Learn to use FlyBase, the primary resource for molecular and genetic information on the Drosophilidae. The essential database for researchers working with the Fruit Fly, FlyBase, provides tools for genetic and proteomic analysis, numerous search tools, sequence data, gene information, and data mining tools. This website, also provides easy access to BLAST, GBrowse, QueryBuilder, TermLink and ImageBrowse. Large Data queries can also be handled with Batch Download options.

You will learn:

  • to perform Quick Searches and navigate gene summary pages
  • to browse genetic features within the context of the entire chromosome
  • to construct complex queries across various sets of data stored within FlyBase
  • to perform nucleotide or amino acid sequence homology searches


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Model organisms. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD): Saccharomyces Genome Database

PhenomicDB: Phenotypes database

WormBase: Molecular and genetic information on Caenorhabditis elegans and related species

Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI): The Mouse Genome Informatics resource provides data, tools, and analyses for the mouse model organism.

Rat Genome Database (RGD): Rat Genome Database

ZFIN: The Zebrafish Information Network

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


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Recent BioMed Central research articles citing this resource

Lin Yanzhu et al., Comparison of normalization and differential expression analyses using RNA-Seq data from 726 individual Drosophila melanogaster Multicellular invertebrate genomics. BMC Genomics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2353-z

Stanley E. Craig et al., Genomic signatures of domestication on neurogenetic genes in Drosophila melanogaster Speciation and evolutionary genetics. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2016) doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0580-1

Kučerová Lucie et al., Slowed aging during reproductive dormancy is reflected in genome-wide transcriptome changes in Drosophila melanogaster Multicellular invertebrate genomics. BMC Genomics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12864-016-2383-1

Antony Binu et al., Identification of the genes involved in odorant reception and detection in the palm weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus , an important quarantine pest, by antennal transcriptome analysis Multicellular invertebrate genomics. BMC Genomics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12864-016-2362-6

Matthews J. Benjamin et al., The neurotranscriptome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito Multicellular invertebrate genomics. BMC Genomics (2016) doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2239-0