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Understanding how an organism exhibits specific behaviours remains a major and important biological question. Studying behaviour in a simple model organism like the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has the advantages of advanced molecular genetics approaches along with well-defined anatomy and physiology. With advancements in functional genomic technologies, researchers are now attempting to uncover genes and pathways involved in complex behaviours on a genome-wide scale. A systems-level network approach, which will include genomic approaches, to study behaviour will be key to understanding the regulation and modulation of behaviours and the importance of context in regulating them.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/bfgp/els031

Type

Journal article

Journal

Brief Funct Genomics

Publication Date

09/2012

Volume

11

Pages

395 - 404

Keywords

Animals, Behavior, Animal, Drosophila melanogaster, Genome, Insect