5. Behavioral Genetics.ppt

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It is naïve to try to break down behaviors into strictly “nature vs. nurture” categories. Human height is an example of an anatomical outcome that is the result of both genetic factors and the environment.
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It is also naïve to divide behaviors into innate (like a FAP) or learned. Another cool behavior website! This one is from Dr. Kent Simmons at the University of Winnipeg
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There are many opportunities for the environment to influence behaviors (see Figure 5.1 in Text). However, what behavioral geneticists try to do is tease apart the influences of genetics and the environment since the evolution of behaviors (or any characteristic) does not proceed unless there is at least a partial genetic basis.
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Once in a while we get lucky and can clearly see the behavioral results of a single or small set of genes. This is the case when we compare 2 strains of honeybees ( Apis mellifera ): hygienic and unhygienic. Most strains of honeybees are hygienic, meaning that if the
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2009 for the course BIO BIO taught by Professor Mueller during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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