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Does Nature Drive Nurture?

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Science  02 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5275, pp. 577
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5275.577

Summary

Behavioral geneticists have so far identified few, if any, genes that control specific behaviors in higher species like mammals. But a research team at Harvard Medical School has now come up with a good candidate: the fosB gene, which their work suggests is needed for normal nurturing behavior in mice. When the gene is inactivated, mother mice neglect their pups.