Failure to reproduce period-dependent song cycles in Drosophila is due to poor automated pulse-detection and low-intensity courtship.

@article{Kyriacou2017FailureTR,
  title={Failure to reproduce period-dependent song cycles in Drosophila is due to poor automated pulse-detection and low-intensity courtship.},
  author={Charalambos P Kyriacou and Edward W. Green and Arianna Piffer and Harold B. Dowse},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2017},
  volume={114 8},
  pages={
          1970-1975
        }
}
Stern has criticized a body of work from several groups that have independently studied the so-called "Kyriacou and Hall" courtship song rhythms of male Drosophila melanogaster, claiming that these ultradian ∼60-s cycles in the interpulse interval (IPI) are statistical artifacts that are not modulated by mutations at the period (per) locus [Stern DL (2014) BMC Biol 12:38]. We have scrutinized Stern's raw data and observe that his automated song pulse-detection method identifies only ∼50% of the… CONTINUE READING

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