A Brief History of the Collection
Updated January 9, 2017
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1913
T.H. Morgan's group at Columbia began using Drosophila in genetic studies; C. Bridges maintained a collection of stocks produced by the group and provided samples to anyone requesting them.
1928
Morgan, Sturtevant, Bridges, and the stock collection moved to Caltech
1934
The first Caltech stock list was published in D.I.S., consisting of 572 stocks
1948
E.B. Lewis took responsibility for the collection at Caltech, continued until retirement; scientific staff included Rhoda Grell, Terry Johnson and Loring Craymer.
1986-1987
The collection of 1,675 stocks moved to Indiana under the management of T.C. Kaufman & K.A. Matthews; significant expansion of holdings undertaken; funded by a grant from NSF; ~1,000 subcultures distributed. The first stock shipment from Bloomington was mailed on October 15, 1986 (to J. Roote, University of Cambridge, #1936 Df(3R)cu/TM3 and #1657 cu[1] kar[2]).
1989
Bloomington Stock Center Advisory Committee established, consisting of M. Ashburner, V. Finnerty, B. Judd, C. Langley, D. Lindsley, A. Spradling and B. Wakimoto; Bloomington Deficiency Kit established; collection at about 2,600 stocks; ~3,350 subcultures distributed.
1995
User fees implemented, grant funding provided jointly by NSF and NIH under NSF award Number DBI-9816125. Collection at about 4,800 stocks; ~25,500 subcultures distributed.
1996
A new Stock Centers Advisory Committee, appointed by the Drosophila Governing Board and charged with advising both the Bloomington and Mid-America Centers, established: D. Lindsley, M. Ashburner, H. Bellen, N. Perrimon, S. Hawley; ~32,500 subcultures distributed.
1997
Mid-America Center closed, about a quarter of those stocks moved to Bloomington; full capacity of both centers (about 10,000) to be available at Bloomington; K.C. Cook joined the scientific staff ; K. Golic replaced D. Lindsley on the Advisory Committee; collection at about 6,000 stocks; ~38,150 subcultures distributed.
1998
Collection at about 6,800 stocks; ~49,700 subcultures distributed.
1999
Collection at about 7,000 stocks; A. Simcox replaced K. Golic on the Advisory Committee; ~ 71,000 subcultures distributed.
2000
Collection at about 7,880 stocks; U. Heberlein replaced S. Hawley on the Advisory Committee; ~85,650 subcultures distributed.
2001
Collection at about 9,000 stocks; NIH funding increased, allowing the collection to plan an expansion to 15,000 stocks; a new fee structure replaced ranges of flat-fees with a per-stock charge; ~86,000 subcultures distributed.
2002
The collection had about 11,600 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~107,400 subcultures during the year.
2003
The collection had about 14,150 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~128,000 subcultures during the year.
2004
Stacy Holtzman the joined the staff as the Center's first Research Associate. Susan Parkhurst replaced U. Heberlein on the Advisory Committee. The collection had about 19,300 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~153,500 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125.
2005
HHMI provided funds to renovate and equip an efficient, high-volume media kitchen and to convert the existing kitchen space to high-capacity, temperature-contolled space for stocks. The collection had about 20,570 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~158,400 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125.
2006
Ken Burtis replaced M. Ashburner on the Advisory Committee. The collection held about 21,300 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~163,600 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125.
2007
Luke Jacobus joined the staff as Laboratory Manager. The collection held about 23,250 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~155,500 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125.
2008
The collection held about 24,850 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~165,300 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125.
2009
Annette Parks joined the scientific staff as Collections Manager. The collection held 27,376 stocks at the end of the year and distributed ~166,150 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-9816125 & DBI-0841154.
2010
HHMI provided renovation funds that will allow expansion of the collection to 60,000--70,000 stocks. The collection held 30,810 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 196,930 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-0841154.
2011
Luke Jacobus departed and Kim Cook joined the staff as Laboratory Manager. The collection held 38,424 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 214,718 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-0841154.
2012
The collection held 44,904 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 222,981 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-0841154.
2013
The collection held 50,289 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 228,432 subcultures during the year. Support provided by NSF & NIH under NSF Award Number DBI-0841154.
2014
Ruth Binkley retired and Jane Stout joined the staff as Accounts Manager. As of August 1, 2014, grant support is provided by Office of the Director of the National Institues of Health under Award Number P40OD018537 (OD, NIGMS and NICHD are the contributing ICs). The collection held 53,736 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 236,340 subcultures during the year.
2015

Lily Golden and Ellen Popodi joined the project as Research Associates. Lily is focusing on the allele mapping component of our NIH grant (Award Number P40OD018537). Ellen is contributing to a range of tasks with a focus on quality control. The collection held 58,874 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 243,148 subcultures during the year.

2016 Cale Whitworth and Sam Zheng joined the BDSC as Research Scientists. The collection held 59,126 stocks at the end of the year and distributed 217,072 subcultures during the year.