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 basis for certain behaviors.  Yet, the current wave of research is happening at a time when, at least in terms of using all the new genetic technologies, there is an increasing question about the utility of what's being done.


Can complex human behaviors really be explained by genetics?  Have the numerous claims and predictions published in the media, textbooks and leading scientific journals proven true?  Are there really “warrior genes,” or genes for voting behavior?


The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, digs deep into this important issue with critical analyses from experts in the field on the state of behavioral genetic research. 


The issue also includes an exclusive interview with Dr. Paul Billings on the business of DNA forensics and the latest updates on everything from the detrimental effects of introducing genetically modified seeds in Africa and campaigns to label GM food to DNA databases in South Africa and failed attempts by the UK government to use DNA testing in immigration and asylum cases.


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It is hard to keep up with the rush of information and opinion coming out as the result of the rapid growth in genetic research and technology today. Even without our fully realizing it, genetic technology is entering almost every area of our lives; from the genetically modified foods that we eat, to the biodiversity of our eco-system, from human health and reproductive technologies to the operation of the criminal justice system. The public needs information from a trusted source. For over 25 years GeneWatch, CRG’s award-winning magazine, has filled this critical role. GeneWatch covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international issues, from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning. GeneWatch features articles by international experts in the field, interviews of critical figures, profiles of every day individuals impacted by developments in biotechnology and reviews of books and movies.


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Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.




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