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Gender-Bending Fruit Flies and the Search for “Gay Genes” | WBEZ Chicago
According to a new study in fruit flies, not only does same-sex sexual behavior seem to be heritable, but females with a genetic makeup associated with this trait actually display higher reproductive rates, which is an evolutionary advantage. These fascinating findings have been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. After all, the aim of the reproductive game is to keep your genes going. Why, then, do members of the same sex cop off with each other in so many species?
What happens when the gene that controls courtship behavior in male fruit flies is switched on in a female? In this experiment, a masculinized female bottom vibrates her wing like a male to attract a mate. Turning on a single male-specific gene produces a female fruit fly that displays male courtship behaviors: chasing other females, tapping their abdomens and performing wing-beating love serenades. The results, published in the June 15 online edition of the journal Nature , show that a single gene can determine how females and males detect and respond differently to sexual cues. Baker, the Dr.
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Published online 2 June Nature doi Roxanne Khamsi. Male and female fruitflies have been engineered to switch courtship roles, through the manipulation of a single gene. The study, which appears in Cell 1 , shows how a simple genetic adjustment can cause a dramatic change in sexual behaviour.