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Chemical love

Male and female fruitflies use pheromones to flaunt their species identity and gender as they court amid other fruitfly species. The grammar of this chemical language is surprisingly sophisticated.

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Figure 1: Pheromones impart species identity in Drosophila.

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Gompel, N., Prud'homme, B. Chemical love. Nature 461, 887–888 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/461887a

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