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Social behavior influences gene expression

Author: Jenny Tung

Amboseli baboons

A baboon’s social life can have a powerful impact on how successful he or she is in life. We know from previous studies in Amboseli, for instance, that social status, social bonds, and social competition can be important in predicting health, survival, and reproductive success. Now, recent work by Dan Runcie and ABRP investigators has found that a baboon’s social environment can also influence how genetic differences affect gene expression, suggesting that gene regulation in Amboseli may often be subject to so-called gene-environment interactions. Read More