From Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots of Sociality

Summary

Date: 
February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
Location: 
BioLabs Building, Room 1080
About the Speaker
Name: 
Gene Robinson
Speaker Title: 
Professor
Speaker Affiliation: 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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 that shed light on the evolution and mechanisms governing social life: 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 operation and evolution of insect societies; and 3) The social brain is addicted to altruism.