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Studying aggression in Drosophila (fruit flies).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18830427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Aggression is an innate behavior that evolved in the framework of defending or obtaining resources. This complex social behavior is influenced by genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. In many organisms, aggression is critical to survival but controlling and suppressing aggression in distinct contexts also has become increasingly important. In recent years, invertebrates have become increasingly useful as model systems for investigating the genetic and systems biological basis of complex social behavior. This is in part due to the diverse repertoire of behaviors exhibited by these organisms. In the accompanying video, we outline a method for analyzing aggression in Drosophila whose design encompasses important eco-ethological constraints. Details include steps for: making a fighting chamber; isolating and painting flies; adding flies to the fight chamber; and video taping fights. This approach is currently being used to identify candidate genes important in aggression and in elaborating the neuronal circuitry that underlies the output of aggression and other social behaviors.
Sibu Mundiyanapurath; Sarah Certel; Edward A Kravitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Video-Audio Media     Date:  2007-02-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1940-087X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vis Exp     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-02     Completed Date:  2008-12-31     Revised Date:  2010-12-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101313252     Medline TA:  J Vis Exp     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology*
Behavioral Research / instrumentation*,  methods*
Drosophila / physiology*

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