The female-determining gene F of the housefly, Musca domestica, acts maternally to regulate its own zygotic activity.

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In Musca domestica, the common housefly, female development requires the continuous activity of the sex-determining gene F from early embryogenesis until metamorphosis. To activate F in embryogenesis, two conditions must be met: There must be no male-determining M factor in the zygotic genome, and the egg must be preconditioned by F activity in the maternal… (More)

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