From Darwin to DNA: The Genetic Basis of Animal Behavior

6:00 pm Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Venue: Harvard Museum of Natural History

24 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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How do certain animals, such as wild mice, evolve their most critical survival traits, including skin coloration, body shape, and the ability to dig elaborate tunnels in order to hide from predators? How fast can successive generations acquire visible traits, and how do animal genes and behavior interact? Evolutionary geneticist Hopi Hoekstra and colleagues have combined extensive field research with the latest techniques in DNA analysis to unlock one of biology's most elusive secrets: the genes that control behavior.

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