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Behavioral Genetics: The Clash of Culture and Biology Book



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EBook Description: Perhaps no field of scientific inquiry is as likely to be misunderstood and abused as genetics. Part of the misunderstanding arises from archaic views about what genes are and how they are expressed during development. The extreme abuse of genetic information at various times has mainly been attributable to larger efforts to use genetic arguments in order to shape society and science according to political agendas (i.e., eugenics and Lysenkoism). If this is the backdrop against which culture assimilates genetic information, then what will happen as a result of the current genetic revolution? Genetic knowledge and technology are advancing at great speed. The entire human genome is being mapped, and the weight of evidence suggests that even behavior, viewed by many as the last bastion of individual free will and the target of social policies, is influenced by genes.


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