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Assaying Locomotor Activity to Study Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Parameters in Drosophila
 

Assaying Locomotor Activity to Study Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Parameters in Drosophila

Article doi: 10.3791/2157
September 28th, 2010

Summary September 28th, 2010

We describe procedures for recording daily locomotor activity rhythms of Drosophila and subsequent data analysis. Locomotor activity rhythms are a reliable behavioral output of animal circadian clocks and are used as the standard readout of clock function when studying circadian mutants or examining how the environment regulates the circadian system.

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