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The sex of scents


Mating in insects relies on pheromone production in just one of the sexes. A multidisciplinary study on the German cockroach identifies a gene that connects sex differentiation factors with the production of sexual pheromones in females only.

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Fig. 1: Mechanism that determines contact sex pheromone production in females, but not males, of the German cockroach.


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Belles, X. The sex of scents. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 1058–1059 (2022).

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