Published: Jan. 13, 2009
Updated: Jan. 13, 2009
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By Duke Medicine News and CommunicationsA genetic variation involving the brain chemical serotonin has been found to shape the social behavior of rhesus macaque monkeys, which could provide researchers with a new model for studying autism, social anxiety and schizophrenia. Humans and macaques are the only members of the primate family to have this particular genetic trait.