Into the mind of a fly

Nature. 2007 Nov 8;450(7167):193-7. doi: 10.1038/nature06335.


Where do animal behaviours come from and are they controlled by genes? This is the fundamental question posed by the field of neurogenetics. Pioneering work from the 1960s in Seymour Benzer's laboratory demonstrated for the first time that Drosophila melanogaster fruitflies could be mutated to obtain animals with insomnia, learning disabilities and homosexual courtship behaviours.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Communication
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Circadian Rhythm / genetics
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology
  • Drosophila / genetics*
  • Drosophila / physiology*
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Smell / genetics
  • Smell / physiology