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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Control of Genetic Behavior

Interesting linking to specific group behavior.  What behavior would you want to influence?  Then, thinking about if further, looks rather dangerous.

Genetic Control of Collective Behavior
The Harvard Gazette     By Jessica Lau

Researchers at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Germany have developed a computer vision-reliant method to study how genes influence collective behavior. The team tested 90 different genes to see if they affect zebrafish social behavior, using gene editing to mutate one gene at a time. The researchers used computer vision to track individual fish and analyze their interactions, finding several genetic mutations that had a significant effect on fish group behavior. Said Institute director Iain Couzin, "We developed new computational tools for tracking and analyzing behavior among animals, which provide a powerful means to investigate how genetic factors influence collective behaviors."

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