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Dependent Gene, The: the Fallacy of Nature Vs. Nurture

Moore, David S.

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ISBN 10: 0716740249 / ISBN 13: 9780716740247
Published by Henry Henry Holt & Co., New York, 2002
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Dependent Gene, The: the Fallacy of Nature ...

Publisher: Henry Henry Holt & Co., New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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True or false?

Eye color is determined solely by genes
Genes limit our potential
Some traits are more genetic than others

Surprisingly, all of these statements are false. We continually hear about new studies that tell us genes are responsible for traits like obesity, depression, breast cancer, violent behavior, and others. But contrary to public opinion, genes don't determine the final form of any of our traits, even biological ones like hair and eye color.

David S. Moore's The Dependent Gene is the first accessible book to show how all traits are caused by complex, dependent interactions, between genes and the environment. In clear, elegant language, Moore investigates how these interactions occur at every stage of biological and psychological development-from a single fertilized egg to a full-grown adult.

Our beliefs about where traits come from affect how we think about parenting, education, crime, health care, reproduction, and other social issues. In addition, biotechnological advances like cloning and DNA "fingerprinting" have made more important than ever before to understand the role of genetic factors in trait development. An enlightening guide to this brave new world, The Dependent Gene empowers readers to take control of their own destiny.

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A provocative and gracefully written book that will surely generate discussion and debate.

Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., author of Three Seductive Ideas

The Dependent Gene is a creative synthesis of the highest order. Without resorting to polemic, Moore clearly lays out the nature/nurture controversy and shows why (and how) it has been laid to rest.

Gilbert Gottlieb, University of North Carolina Center for Developmental Science

The Dependent Gene is a masterful analysis and a breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of current trends in behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology. A useful and engaging guide for the lay reader, the practicing scientist, and all who seek a more integrative approach to the endlessly fascinating process of development.

Robert Lickliter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

A remarkably lucid and wonderfully entertaining book. This is an extraordinary achievement, with something of value for anyone interested in how we become who we are.

Philip David Zelazo, University of Toronto

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