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Gene Transfer Enhances Pair Bonding In Monogamous Voles

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September 17, 2001
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Emory University Health Sciences Center
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Scientists at Emory University have been able to increase bonding behavior in monogamous male prairie voles by transferring a receptor gene for the neuropeptide arginine vasopressin (AVP) into a particular region of the brain. The study reinforces previous findings that monogamy in voles, including the formation of pair bonds, is enhanced by vasopressin, and it is the first study to demonstrate that complex social behaviors, such as social attachment, can be increased by viral vector gene transfer.

Scientists at Emory University have been able to increase bonding behavior in monogamous male prairie voles by transferring a receptor gene for the neuropeptide arginine vasopressin (AVP) into a particular region of the brain. The study reinforces previous findings that monogamy in voles, including the formation of pair bonds, is enhanced by vasopressin, and it is the first study to demonstrate that complex social behaviors, such as social attachment, can be increased by viral vector gene transfer. The research is reported in the September 15 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.


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