Current Practices in Reporting on Behavioural Genetics Can Mislead the Public

by jeeg 15. December 2014 19:07
  “Media reports about behavioural genetics unintentionally induce unfounded beliefs, therefore going against the educational purpose of scientific reporting,” writes the University of Montreal’s Alexandre Morin-Chassé, following his study of 1,500 Americans. “... [More]

Genetics In Court Is a Very Messy Business

by jeeg 5. June 2014 20:21
Courts may soon face the challenge of determining whether genetics can be linked to criminal behavior The “my genes made me do it” defense is not solely reserved for Law and Order SVU. At least, not for long.  As science continues to tell us more and more about gen... [More]

Chinese project probes the genetics of genius

by jeeg 16. May 2013 01:07
  The US adolescents who signed up for the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) in the 1970s were the smartest of the smart, with mathematical and verbal-reasoning skills within the top 1% of the population. Now, researchers at BGI (formerly the Beijing Genomics Institute) i... [More]

A Genetic Code for Genius?

by jeeg 17. February 2013 04:28
0 0 1 1126 6423 crg 53 15 7534 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE At a former paper-printing factory... [More]

For Newtown Killer, a Dangerous DNA Wild-Goose Chase

by jeeg 28. December 2012 19:48
Our attempt to comprehend the horror of the Newtown, Conn., elementary-school massacre took a new turn this week when the office of the Connecticut Medical Examiner announced it would work with experts to determine whether the assailant, Adam Lanza, had any discernible genetic defect that might ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine on Behavioral Genetics

by jeeg 21. November 2011 21:13
We are once again in the midst of a resurgence of research on behavioral genetics, a field that examines the role of genetics in human (and other animal) behavior.  Indeed, there has been a marked increase in people from fields outside of genetics conducting studies to find a genetic basi... [More]

Have researchers really discovered any genes for behavior? Candidates welcome

by jeeg 3. May 2011 22:42
A couple of science-writing colleagues objected to my recent post on the "warrior gene." Both accuse me of throwing the baby of modern behavioral genetics—which seeks to link complex behavioral traits to specific genes—out with the bathwater of media hype. Naturally, my innate bell... [More]

Code rage: The "warrior gene" makes me mad! (Whether I have it or not)

by jeeg 3. May 2011 22:34
Just when you think the blame-it-on-our-genes craze can't get worse, the "warrior gene" goes viral. The latest media outlet to flog it is the Dr. Phil show, which on April 4 broadcast "Born to Rage?". From the promo: "Scientists believe they may know why some people are quicker to anger than o... [More]

Genetic Predisposition to Survey Taking?

by jeeg 2. September 2010 22:59
A new study from North Carolina State is claiming that they have discovered a genetic predisposition to survey taking by comparing data from sets of identical and fraternal twins  As absurd as the premise of this study is on its face, it proves a classic example of the willingness to see... [More]
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