Sociogenomics: Social Life in Molecular Terms

Nat Rev Genet. 2005 Apr;6(4):257-70. doi: 10.1038/nrg1575.


Spectacular progress in molecular biology, genome-sequencing projects and genomics makes this an appropriate time to attempt a comprehensive understanding of the molecular basis of social life. Promising results have already been obtained in identifying genes that influence animal social behaviour and genes that are implicated in social evolution. These findings - derived from an eclectic mix of species that show varying levels of sociality - provide the foundation for the integration of molecular biology, genomics, neuroscience, behavioural biology and evolutionary biology that is necessary for this endeavour.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genetics, Behavioral*
  • Genetics, Population
  • Genomics*
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Social Behavior*
  • Sociobiology