Sexual behavior: its genetic control during development and adulthood in Drosophila melanogaster.

@article{Belote1987SexualBI,
  title={Sexual behavior: its genetic control during development and adulthood in Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={John M. Belote and Bruce S. Baker},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1987},
  volume={84 22},
  pages={8026-30}
}
Courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster males is an innate behavior pattern. Whether or not a fly will display male courtship behavior is governed by the action of a set of regulatory genes that control all aspects of somatic sexual differentiation. The wild-type function of one of these regulatory genes, transformer-2 (tra-2), is necessary for female sexual differentiation; in the absence of tra-2+ function XX individuals differentiate as males. A temperature-sensitive tra-2 allele has… CONTINUE READING
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