The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who used the fruit fly to unravel the molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms. Two of the researchers ordered fly stocks for their experiments from the Vienna Drosophila Resource Center (VDRC) many times over the years. This underlines the world-class scientific support provided by the Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities in general and by the VDRC in particular.

The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine that was announced earlier this week are three Drosophila researchers who discovered the molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm in the fruit fly (Drosophila) and then extended the knowledge to other organisms.

Two of the Nobel Prize winners, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young, have ordered fly stocks from the VDRC for their experiments in the USA, at Brandeis University and at The Rockefeller University respectively, many times over the last ten years.

VDRC has the biggest Drosophila collection in Europe and one of the three biggest in the world. Established in 2007, VDRC maintains more than 38,000 independent transgenic fly lines. As of today, VDRC has shipped over 1,3 million lines to scientists across the world for their use in basic research. In addition to maintaining transgenic fly stocks and creating new ones, VDRC provides services such as plasmid DNA distribution, private Drosophila stock keeping and fly food. Located on the grounds of Vienna BioCenter, VDRC employs 22 people.

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