About the Authors

Sebastian Haesler

Address ¤ Current address: Center for Brain Science, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Affiliations Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany , Institut für Verhaltensbiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Christelle Rochefort

Affiliations Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany , Institut für Verhaltensbiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Benjamin Georgi

Affiliation Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany

Pawel Licznerski

Affiliation Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany

Pavel Osten

Affiliation Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Constance Scharff

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: scharff@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Affiliations Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany , Institut für Verhaltensbiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

SH and CS conceived and designed the experiments. SH and CR performed the experiments. SH analyzed the data. CR performed analysis of long-term changes in neuronal viability after knockdown. BG performed song sequence analysis. BG, PL, PO, and CS contributed reagents/materials and analysis tools. SH and CS wrote the paper.