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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1999 Dec;9(6):759-65.

Molecular neurogenetics of sexual differentiation and behaviour.

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IBLS-Division of Molecular Genetics, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G11 6NU, UK.


Sex and death. Two things that come once in a lifetime. Only after death you're not nauseous. - Woody Allen 'Sleeper'. The brain and nervous system functions that underlie sex-specific behaviour are of obvious importance to all animals, including humans. To understand behaviour related to sex, it is important to distinguish those aspects that are controlled genetically. Much of the recent progress in studies of the molecular neurogenetics of sexual differentiation and behaviour has come from the use of genetically tractable organisms (i.e. fruitflies and nematode worms) that exhibit a full range of sexually dimorphic phenotypes.

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