Friday, December 11, 2015

A Great Laugh Header - “Can Male Prairie Voles Blame Promiscuity on Poor Memory?” 10-Dec-2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science

Scientific Inquiry Conclusion:

"To explore the effects of promiscuity on the genetic level, Mariam Okhovat and colleagues took a closer look at the expression of avpr1a, a gene that predicts sexual fidelity in males and that's well known to play a role in a spatial-memory circuitry. Lower expression of the related receptor V1aR in certain brain regions is associated with a poor memory for locations of aggressive interactions with other males, a result that could lead to wandering (and contact with non-pair females). By contrast, abundance of V1aR is linked to a better spatial memory for past aggressive encounters, and less wandering."

What about human genes? What behavior and misbehavior can we blame on our genes? - "My genes made me do it?"