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Thursday, July 29, 2004


Last month we learned about the V1a gene, which, when upregulated, turned playboy voles monogamous.

This month, researchers have identified a gene, fruitless, in fruit flies, that directs growth of a certain nerve bundle that hardwires their courtship and copulation activities. Without it, the male flies just sortof force themselves on the females, to no real avail.

Maybe they should have called the gene Fratboy.

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