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Scientists Hope to Isolate the Cheating Gene in Prairie Voles

By: Marissa Liu - Published: • References: sciencedaily and popsci
Scientists at Emory University have created glowing rodents. By implanting the jellyfish fluorescent protein gene into prairie voles, scientists hope to study pair bonding (aka monogamy). The glowing rodents rarely step out on their mate and share human-like social behaviors like shared child raising, mating for life and cuddling.

Scientists have isolated what they suspect is the gene that controls the vole’s impulse to cheat. Glowing rodents won’t stray but non-glowing ones might. In this way researcher can study complex social behavior and mating in rodents that are mostly monogamous.