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Nature, nurture or neither? The view from the genes

Prof Steve Jones will talk about the most dangerous word in genetics: the idea of a gene “for” a particular attribute, from alcoholism to religious belief and how DNA and way of life nearly always work together to determine our health, our mood and – perhaps – even our willingness to take risks, go shopping or buy shares.


Genetics is a remarkable science in many ways, some obvious and some less so. As Prof Jones says to his students in their first lecture on the subject, "My job is to make sex boring" and, after thirty lectures on DNA structure and the like they tend to agree. To cheer them up, at the end of the course he tells them that two out of every three of them will die for reasons connected to the genes they carry – and, with so much mortality coming from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and the like (all of which have an inherited component) Steve is right again. To the public, genetics brings exaggerated fears about inborn fate and over-optimism about gene therapy and 'designer babies'. Prof Jones will talk about the most dangerous word in genetics: the idea of a gene “for” a particular attribute, from alcoholism to religious belief and how DNA and way of life nearly always work together to determine our health, our mood and – perhaps – even our willingness to take risks, go shopping or buy shares.


Speaker(s):

Professor Steve Jones | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

28 January 2010 at 8:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London
W1S 4BS
020 7409 2992
http://www.rigb.org/

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