Gene switches sexual desires of female mice
* 09 July 2010 by Andy Coghlan
A GENE has been discovered that appears to dictate the sexual preferences of female mice. Delete the gene and the modified mice reject the advances of the males and attempt to mate with other females instead.
While it is impossible to say whether the finding has any relevance for human sexuality, it provides a clue as to how sexuality develops in mammals. [...]
The gene makes an enzyme called fucose mutarotase which adds the sugar fucose to proteins. When deleted it causes female mice to prefer other females over males.
The gene is better known as - I am not making this up -
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