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Nat Rev Genet. 2005 Apr;6(4):257-70.

Sociogenomics: social life in molecular terms.

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  • 1Neuroscience Program, Department of Entomology, 505 South Goodwin Avenue, 320 Morrill Hall, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.


Spectacular progress in molecular biology, genome-sequencing projects and genomics makes this an appropriate time to attempt a comprehensive understanding of the molecular basis of social life. Promising results have already been obtained in identifying genes that influence animal social behaviour and genes that are implicated in social evolution. These findings - derived from an eclectic mix of species that show varying levels of sociality - provide the foundation for the integration of molecular biology, genomics, neuroscience, behavioural biology and evolutionary biology that is necessary for this endeavour.

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