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Genetics Unzipped: Birds and bees… and sardines: the genetics of animal behaviour

Posted by , on 17 November 2022

Blackcap, honeybee and sardine shoal

“Whatever the species – whether insects, birds, mammals or fish – and however far the distance, somehow these animals know when to leave and where to go. So is this behaviour hardwired into their genetic code?”

Dr Kat Arney

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, we’re taking a look at the birds and the bees – not like that! – from the unusual migratory habits of European blackcaps and the ‘greatest shoal on earth’ to the division of labour in a beehive, we’ll be exploring the role that genetics plays in shaping animal behaviours.

Genetics Unzipped is the podcast from The Genetics Society. Full transcript, links and references available online at

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