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- Wysocki, M., et al. Show all 7 Authors
- Animal genetics 2009 v.40 no.2 pp. 192-199
- Passeriformes; animal welfare; dopamine receptors; feather pecking; founder effect; genes; haplotypes; homozygosity; laying hens; linkage disequilibrium; pecking; serotonin; transcription (genetics)
- ... Feather pecking is a behavioural disorder of laying hens and has serious animal welfare and economic implications. One of the several aetiological hypotheses proposes that the disorder results from redirected exploratory behaviour. Variation in the gene encoding the dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) has been shown to be associated with exploratory behaviour in several species, including in a passerine b ...