[The hooded allele and selection of wild Norway rats Rattus norvegicus for behavior]

Genetika. 1997 Aug;33(8):1155-61.
[Article in Russian]


Selection of wild gray rats for domestication (tame behavior) resulted in a sharp increase in the frequency of heterozygotes at the h allele of hooded, the main locus of rat depigmentation. The observed effect of the selection on the manifestation of the h allele is compared with similar effects giving rise to piebaldness in other animals subjected to experimental domestication. The results are discussed in terms of genetic specificity of piebaldness and of the selection vector.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred BN
  • Selection, Genetic*