The genetics of aggression

From mice to humans
  • Stephen C. Maxson
  • Pierre L. Roubertoux
  • Pascale Guillot
  • David Goldman


The genetic analyses of aggression in mammals begins with two articles published almost sixty years agog1, 2. In both the C57BL10, C3H and BALB/c inbred strains were used, and in both the strains differed in measures of aggression. This was the first evidence that genes had a role in individual differences in aggression of any mammal. Both groups believed that their findings were relevant to other animals, especially humans Later, Scott3 wrote in the book Aggression: “It is the purpose of this book to take the important results from current animal research and relate or contrast them with the facts of human behavior.”


Inbred Strain Antisocial Personality Disorder Congenic Strain Attack Behavior Pseudoautosomal Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen C. Maxson
    • 1
  • Pierre L. Roubertoux
    • 2
  • Pascale Guillot
    • 3
  • David Goldman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.UPR 9074 CNRS, Genetique, Neurogenetique et ComportementUniversity of OrléansOrléansFrance
  3. 3.Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol AbuseNational Institute of HealthRockvilleUSA

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