Insights & Perspectives
Modular genetic control of innate behaviors
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 421–424, May 2013
How to Cite
Xu, X. (2013), Modular genetic control of innate behaviors. Bioessays, 35: 421–424. doi: 10.1002/bies.201200167
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- behavioral genetics;
- innate behaviors;
- male copulation;
- steroid hormone
Many complex behaviors are genetically hardwired. Based on previous findings on genetic control of mating and other behaviors in invertebrate and mammalian systems, I suggest that genetic control of complex behaviors is modular: first, dedicated genes specify different behavioral patterns; secondly, separable genetic networks govern distinct behavioral components. I speculate that modular genetic encoding of complex behaviors may in part reflect modularity in brain development and function.
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