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Robotic Fish Point to Schooling Gene

Science  20 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6066, pp. 276-277
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6066.276-b

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Scientists studying schooling behavior with the aid of robotic fish reported at the meeting that they may have pinpointed a gene important for schooling. Unexpectedly, it is the same gene, called Eda, that's responsible for marine sticklebacks having bony plates. If Eda proves key to schooling, it will expand the small roster of behavior genes identified in vertebrates.