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Clocks, cryptochromes and Monarch migrations

Charalambos P Kyriacou

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Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:55  doi:10.1186/jbiol153

Published: 18 June 2009


The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) from eastern North America to central Mexico is one of nature's most inspiring spectacles. Recent studies including one in BMC Biology, have begun to dissect the molecular and neurogenetic basis for this most complex behavior.