Monday, January 28, 2013

Tracing behavior to DNA

Since last week we were discussing some of Professor Bradley's research using DNA to decipher behavioral patterns of gorillas when they could not be observed directly, I though this article might be of interest.  Dr. Hoekstra is studying the underlying genetic causes of mouse burrowing behaviors and recently was able to link certain phenotypes of behavior to stretches of DNA.  It's interesting to imagine that one day much more complex behaviors might be similarly studied and linked to DNA!

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