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The social genome and primate evolution

Jenny Tung, Departments of Evolutionary Anthropology & Biology, Duke University
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12:00-1:15 PM
Koessler Room (3rd Floor) Michigan League Map
The Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP) at the University of Michigan is proud to present our fall 2021 speaker series:

Like other traits, social behavior is partially shaped by genes. Unlike many other types of traits, social behavior can have powerful reciprocal effects on the genome. In this talk, I will discuss the intimate ties between genes and social behavior using examples from my lab’s research on wild and captive primates. Our work on social regulation of the genome highlights how genomic approaches contribute to understanding the links between social interactions, health, and fitness, including the distinct pathways that respond to competitive versus affiliative social relationships. Meanwhile, our work on hybridization in wild baboons illustrates the value of behavioral data for interpreting patterns embedded in the genome. Integrating genomic and behavioral data can therefore unify organismal perspectives on life history and evolution with molecular approaches that provide insight unattainable via observational methods.

*Note: This talk will be available via Zoom livestream and also in person.
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Talk, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Psychology, Department of Anthropology, Evolution & Human Adaptations Program (EHAP)