nature versus nurture

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nature versus nurture

The perennial argument as to whether heredity or environment is more influential in determining the outcome of any individual's development. It is now apparent that the two are so intimately inter-related in their effects as to almost inseparable.
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Specific areas of interest of the Center include parasite adaptability and evolution, human genetics and behavior, vaccine and antibiotic development.
Now these would be no more than familiar philosophical anecdotes if it weren't that the ideas encapsulated in them are often at work in our current discussions of genetics and behavior. Usually those ideas are implicit.
Since 1983, when behavioral genetics first appeared as a category in the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, hundreds of articles about the relationship between genetics and behavior have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and fictional accounts, often presented as the cutting edge of current science.

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