Genes for sexual behavior

Daisuke Yamamoto, Yoshiro Nakano

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    The mating behavior of Drosophila melanogaster is a stereotyped sequence of fixed action patterns, composed of orientation, tapping, singing, licking, attempted copulation and copulation. Mutations that block a unique aspect of mating behavior were isolated and analyzed at the cellular and molecular levels. The wild-type counterparts of the mutated genes were shown to rescue the phenotypes by their ubiquitous or targeted expression in some of the mutants. This strategy of artificial control of fly behavior opens up an avenue for studies to identify the neural center for individual behavioral actions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1998 May 8

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biophysics
    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology


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