Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
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Chapter 54 - Behavioral Biology - Review Questions - Synthesize: 2

Answer

Advantages: the ease and control that comes with any model system Disadvantages: not all behaviors exist in easy-to-use model systems; some behaviors could be learned in the model system but innate in other animals or vice-versa. To determine the applicability of results: test in non-model systems to see if the results are the same.

Work Step by Step

Model systems are always chosen for ease-of-use, but that usually implies that they are simpler than other organisms, making the results of questionable general applicability. The thing to do is to check the results with non-model systems, which should be done no matter what part of biology is being examined using a model system.
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