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Sapiro, A.L., Ihry, R.J., Buhr, D.L., Konieczko, K.M., Ives, S.M., Engstrom, A.K., Wleklinski, N.P., Kopish, K.J., Bashirullah, A. (2013). Rapid recombination mapping for high-throughput genetic screens in Drosophila.  G3 (Bethesda) 3(12): 2313--2319.
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Mutagenesis screens are a staple of classical genetics. Chemical-induced mutations, however, are often difficult and time-consuming to identify. Here, we report that recombination analysis with pairs of dominant visible markers provides a rapid and reliable strategy to map mutations in Drosophila melanogaster. This method requires only two generations and a total of six crosses in vials to estimate the genetic map position of the responsible lesion with high accuracy. This genetic map position can then be reliably used to identify the mutated gene through complementation testing with an average of nine deficiencies and Sanger sequencing. We have used this approach to successfully map a collection of mutations from an ethyl methanesulfonate-based mutagenesis screen on the third chromosome. We propose that this method also may be used in conjunction with whole-genome sequencing, particularly when multiple independent alleles of the mutated locus are not available. By facilitating the rapid identification of mutated genes, our mapping strategy removes a primary obstacle to the widespread use of powerful chemical mutagenesis screens to understand fundamental biological phenomena.

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    G3 : genes - genomes - genetics
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