Introduction

Drosophila oogenesis is a fascinating phenomenon. The coordinated action of many cellular processes produces a fully mature egg containing a maternal dowry that both directs and supports development of the embryo. The ovary is one of the best studied organs of Drosophila, and much of our knowledge of oogenesis is contained in several monographs (1-4) and recent reviews (5-8). This chapter describes some of the most important cellular processes of oogenesis, and provides detailed methods for their identification and immunocyto-logical analysis.

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