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The Drosophila memory mutant amnesiac

Naturevolume 277pages212214 (1979) | Download Citation

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POPULATIONS of Drosophila melanogaster can be taught to avoid specific odours which they have experienced in conjunction with electric shock1,2, and several single-gene mutants have been isolated which fail to learn this task (ref. 3, and our unpublished data). Here we describe a mutant, amnesiac, which learns normally but forgets four times as quickly as wild-type flies.

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  1. Department of Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540

    • WILLIAM G. QUINN
    • , PATRICIA P. SZIBER
    •  & RONALD BOOKER

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