Member Research

A Pair of Monogamous Prairie Voles Inspect Their Genome

Species comparisons are employed by numerous SBN members for the purpose of understanding how neuroendocrine processes evolve in relation to behavioral or physiological specializations. For instance, by comparing monogamous and polygamous mammals, researchers have discovered that the vasopressin V1a receptor gene plays a major role in pairbonding and other affiliative behaviors.

Photo by Larry Young