March 4, 2013

Hardwired for Love

Attraction: Episode #1

"So a fruit fly walks into a bar..." In all seriousness, finding a mate is an important part of life for almost every species. But how do animals like fruit flies determine what is attractive in a potential mate? Yehuda Ben-Shahar, assistant professor of biology, studies the role of genetics in courtship and mating behaviors. Join us as he describes his research and explains how biologists manipulate genes to test their theories.

image flickr: aldo merlo. audio free music archive: telegraphy; freesound: adeluc4, soundnimja, timbre; internet archive: GIUSEPPE GIACOMINI.