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Battle of the sexes over paternity
Battle of the sexes over paternity
BMB Reports. 2015. May, 48(5): 241-242
Copyright © 2015, Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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  • Received : April 08, 2015
  • Published : May 31, 2015
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Young-Joon Kim
School of Life Sciences, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712, Korea
kimyj@gist.ac.kr
Kang-Min Lee
School of Life Sciences, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712, Korea
R. Elwyn Isaac
School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT U.K.

Abstract
Reproductive behaviors have evolved through severe inter-sexual competition. We have recently described a behavior in post-mated female Drosophila melanogaster that controls ejaculate retention and sperm storage, and is a possible mechanism by which females who have mated with several partners can choose which sperm that is stored and used for fertilization. This behavior can also regulate exposure of the female to harmful effects of male SFP that are present in the ejaculate. Our study identified the neural pathway functioning in the female brain that regulates this behavior. [BMB Reports 2015; 48(5): 241-242]
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Y-J.K. was supported by Basic Science Research Programs through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), the Republic of Korea (NRF-2011-0019291, 2013R1A1A2010475). R.E.I. was supported by a Royal Society (U.K.) Joint Research Grant.
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