Combinatorial RNAi: a method for evaluating the functions of gene families in Drosophila.

  title={Combinatorial RNAi: a method for evaluating the functions of gene families in Drosophila.},
  author={Aloisia Schmid and Benno Schindelholz and Kai Zinn},
  journal={Trends in neurosciences},
  volume={25 2},
Individual members of gene families often have partially redundant functions during nervous system development, making conventional genetic analysis problematic. Here we review experiments showing that several genes can be silenced together by injection of double-stranded RNAs into wild-type Drosophila embryos. By dye-labeling single neuroblasts in injected embryos, the effects of multigene silencing on individual CNS axon pathways can now be examined. 

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