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Gene environment interplay: biological embedding of experience

by CIFAR
Nov 24 / 14
Previous ideas about the origins of our individual differences were based around the nature-nurture dichotomy.

Current research shows that not only do we bring genetic predispositions along with us when we are born but our genes also listen to our experience as we develop. The new field of epigenetics investigates how our behaviour and physiology responds to our experience through changes in the way genes express themselves during development and under certain environments. This gene-environment interplay throughout development moulds our bodies and minds, making us who we are.

A presentation by CIFAR Senior Fellow Marla Sokolowski (University of Toronto) at the From Cell to Society symposium Feb. 6, 2014.