The complex genetic basis of simple behavior
Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:71 doi:10.1186/jbiol172Published: 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.