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In a paper appearing in this week's PNAS Early Edition, a team led by investigators at the University of California, Irvine, shows that the sperm dynein intermediate chain multigene family contributes to the differential reproductive success among Drosophila males, such that deletion of all members "impairs the competence of the sperm in the presence of sperm from wild-type males." This also shows "how quickly a new gene function can be incorporated into the genetic network

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