Genes and Genomic Searches

C. P. Kyriacou, E. Tauber

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The genetic analysis of behavior has a long history, yet it is only 25 years since the first 'behavioral' genes were identified at the molecular level. These advances were based on prior genomic screens involving random chemical mutagenesis, initially in the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster and then later in the mouse. Several 'forward genetic' techniques now exist to complement this basic approach, but 'reverse genetics,' whereby DNA or mRNA can be identified, targeted, and manipulated, can also be utilized to create mutant phenotypes. We provide some examples of the successes of these approaches involving circadian rhythms, sexual behavior, and aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780080453378
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2010 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.


  • Aggression
  • Circadian
  • Courtship
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Linkage
  • Maternal
  • Microarray
  • Mutagenesis
  • Phenotype
  • QTL
  • RNAi
  • Schizophrenia
  • Transcriptomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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