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Nurture or Nature?

Nurture or Nature?

Geneticist Moshe Szyf (credit: McGill University)

There have been long-running debates as to which factor, nurture or nature, is the more important influence on human development. The issue boils down to what role does your DNA or the surroundings have on psychology and culture. Moshe Szyf of McGill University, working in behavioral epigenetics, shows that early influences in a baby's environment play a fundamental role in influencing DNA to modify itself to the surroundings. In his studies, Szyf uses experimental genetics to answer how 'nurture shapes nature' and where both are important. He offers explanations in this insightful presentation. WHB

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