DNA is not our destiny; it ‘s just a very useful tool | Ewan Birney

DNA is not our destiny; it ‘s just a very useful tool | Ewan Birney

Publication date: Apr 04, 2018

Yes, our genes affect everything we do, from educational attainment to health, but they are only a contributing factorThe cost of DNA sequencing continues to fall, and the scale and reach of genetic research continues to grow with it. We can use genetics to study not just health and fundamental biology but many things humans do -education,behaviours,parenting skills- leading to interesting scientific papers and sometimesbreathless headlines in themainstream press. But what can DNA really tell us about our potential and our behaviours? Is the science sound? How should society use this knowledge?Broadly speaking, yes, the science is sound. The human genome varies slightly between all of us. Once you study enough people – often more than 10,000 – genetic variation will have some kind …MedWorm Message: Have you tried our new medical search engine? More powerful than before. Log on with your social media account. 100% free.



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