The Right Coast

June 10, 2005
Why some rats are such rats
By Tom Smith

Vole dads come in two sorts, good dads and bad dads. The difference is not in their stars, but in themselves, their controller DNA more specifically. This from an important article in the forcoming Science, reported today in the NYT (which still has pretty good science reporting, even if it is a big termite chewing at the foundations of civilization). That in turn determines the effect certain hormones have on their behavior. You see, it is all about hormones in the end. Note the term used at the end of the article by the science guy at U. Illinois -- "sociogenomics." You knew it was coming.