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Genetic switch for female sexual behavior identified

photo of a male and a female Africian cichlid fish
L.A. Cicero
Mar 18 2016

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Research, Faculty, Students

By studying the complex mating routine of African cichlid fish, a team of Stanford scientists, led by Biology Professor Russ Fernald,  has keyed in on a single brain receptor in female fish that determines whether they successfully reproduce. The finding has parallels across all vertebrates, and might influence the understanding of social behavior in humans. This research was recently published in Current Biology.