Saturday, 8 November 2014

Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats

November 7, 2014

Genetics Society of America

After many generations, rats bred for their bad attitude behave differently from those selected for a calm demeanor around humans. Researchers have now identified gene regions that contribute to differences between nasty and nice rats in their behavior and the activity of genes in the brain. These results may provide important clues as to which genes make tame animals like dogs behave so differently from their wild ancestors.

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