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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2004 Dec;14(6):745-50.

Unconventional sex: fresh approaches to courtship learning.

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  • 1Department of Biology and Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University MS008, 415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110, USA.


Understanding the complex array of genes, proteins and cells involved in learning and memory is a major challenge for neuroscientists. Using the genetically powerful model system, Drosophila melanogaster, and its well-studied courtship behavior, investigators have begun to delineate essential elements of associative and nonassociative behavioral plasticity. Advances in transgenic tools and developments in behavioral assays have increased the power of studying courtship learning in the fruit fly.

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