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The Genomic Case Against Genetic Determinism: Bridging the Gap from Animals to Humans

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
Date
Jun 25, 2024   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Gene Robinson
Contact
Center for Advanced Study
E-Mail
cas@cas.illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6729
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Center for Advanced Study

Animal studies reveal that the molecular wiring of the brain can be altered by heredity, the environment, and their interaction. A deeper molecular understanding of these interactions could be a potent antidote to societal concerns of genetic determinism for human behavior. But this requires a framework that better integrates animal and human behavioral genetic studies, a long-standing problem in the field. This lecture will explain the underlying science. Turning the tables, Professor Robinson will also invite your ideas on why this problem persists and how we might bridge the gap.

About the speaker:
Gene Robinson | website
CAS Professor and Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois

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