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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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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.