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Columbia University scientists have used microarray analysis to study the effects of epigenetic influences and gene expression patterns on behavioral variability. Using genetically identical mice, their work, published in PLoS ONE this week, shows that variability in large-scale organization of gene expression levels in the hippocampus, rather than differences in the expression levels of specific genes, is associated with individual differences in behavior in the mice.

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