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What Makes Fruit Flies Roam?

Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 763
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.763

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After many years' work, a Canadian researcher reports on page 834 that she has pinned down a gene linked to differences in foraging behavior by fruit flies. It has turned out to code for an enzyme, a member of the cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinase family, that helps to relay chemical messages inside cells.