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The complex genetic basis of simple behavior

Anna J Jasinska and Nelson B Freimer*

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Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:71  doi:10.1186/jbiol172

Published: 27 August 2009


Genetic approaches to dissecting complex traits in animal models increasingly use transcript levels as a molecular phenotype and as validation for predictions of gene function. A recent study in BMC Biology using these approaches shows the complexity of the genetic contribution to aggressive behavior in Drosophila.