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  • ISBN: 9780262039161
  • ISBN: 0262039168
  • Physical Description: print
    xiii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-248) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue; Part One Why DNA matters; 1 Disentangling nature and nurture; 2 How do we know that DNA makes us who we are?; 3 The nature of nurture; 4 DNA matters more as time goes by; 5 Abnormal is normal; 6 Generalist genes; 7 Why children in the same family are so different; 8 The DNA blueprint; 9 Equal opportunity and meritocracy; Part Two The DNA revolution; 10 DNA: The basics; 11 Gene-hunting; 12 The DNA fortune teller; 13 Predicting who we are; 14 Our future is DNA; Epilogue; Notes; Acknowledgements; Index.
Summary, etc.: One of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we are. The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. The author draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone.
Subject: Genetics, Behavioral

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