Social structures depend on innate determinants and chemosensory processing in Drosophila

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 9:09am

Jonathon SchneiderDrawing of Drosophila melanogasterThis week's paper is as sizzling hot as the recent weather.  Jonathan Schneider from the Levine Lab just published "Social structures depend on innate determinants and chemosensory processing in Drosophila" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In this paper, video tracking analysis reveals that vinegar flies, D. melanogaster, rely on chemosensory cues to form social interaction networks.  Their findings reveal the significance of genetics in group behavior and could help researchers study the molecular mechanisms of social structures in other species.  If you have time, definitely check out the supplementary videos linked to this paper.

Supplementary Videos (Video links can be found on pages 10-12 in this pdf)

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