Matt Ridley: What switches the genes on and off

In his latest book, popular science writer Matt Ridley--author of Genome and The Red Queen-- explores some of the social and philosophical implications of the rapid new developments taking place in our understanding of how human genes function.

"Everyone has always known that we are a mixture of nature and nurture, but the debate is always framed as though they are pulling in opposite directions. Now the more we look into genes--and we've moved on from genetic diseases to genes that affect the mind and behaviour--the more we begin to see a mechanism by which both nature and nurture are inv...

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