Genetics of behavior in the silver fox

Anna V. Kukekova, Svetlana V. Temnykh, Jennifer L. Johnson, Lyudmila N. Trut, Gregory M. Acland

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The silver fox provides a rich resource for investigating the genetics of behavior, with strains developed by intensely selective breeding that display markedly different behavioral phenotypes. Until recently, however, the tools for conducting molecular genetic investigations in this species were very limited. In this review, the history of development of this resource and the tools to exploit it are described. Although the focus is on the genetics of domestication in the silver fox, there is a broader context. In particular, one expectation of the silver fox research is that it will be synergistic with studies in other species, including humans, to yield a more comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanisms and evolution of a wider range of social cognitive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-177
Number of pages14
JournalMammalian Genome
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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