Title: 
Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots of Social Life
Date/Time: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Carl Icahn Lab 101
Category: 
Special Seminars
Department: 
Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Gene Robinson

Studies of genes and social behavior, aided by new genomic resources, are coming of age. Here, I highlight three of the insights that have emerged from these studies: 1) Nature builds diverse social brains from common genetic blocks in insects and vertebrates, including those related to metabolism and transcriptional regulation; 2) Changes in the wiring of gene regulatory networks are involved in the evolution of insect societies; and 3) The social brain is addicted to altruism.