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  • BioEdge: Is it ethical to investigate the genetic component of IQ?
    of using findings to help improve education for highly intelligent students CTY s leadership was unsure how to respond On the one hand it respected the research team and its goal But it also worried about the potentially ugly implications given that the history of scientific inquiry into the genetics of intelligence is marred by assumptions about the superiority of some groups over others Major questions addressed in the special report include How likely is it that gene variants with significant influence on intelligence will be identified While research has shown that genetic variation helps to explain why people in the same population perform differently on intelligence tests newer DNA based studies have thus far enjoyed little success in discovering which genetic variants produce those observed differences Some scientists are confident that new whole genome testing technologies applied to large numbers of people will lead to breakthroughs in identifying which genes help to explain those differences Others think that the needle in a haystack metaphor underestimates the difficulty They argue that the genetic influence on intelligence involves complex interactions among genes and between genes and the environment information that can t be gleaned merely by scanning the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people Can research into the genetics of intelligence improve education Some scientists think that understanding which genetic variants influence intelligence can help make possible personalized education which would customize educational experiences to children s genomes Others are skeptical and express concern that such research might exacerbate disparities in education opportunity by promoting the view of inherent differences in intelligence and detracting attention away from pedagogical social and political ways to enhance intellectual achievement Given the scientific and ethical reservations about it should research on the genetics of intelligence proceed Despite deep concerns none of the commentators thought

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is-it-ethical-to-investigate-the-genetic-component-of-iq/11594 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    effect on programs to improve educational outcomes among disadvantaged populations Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/gene+sequencing (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Not nature OR nurture but nature AND nurture
    and how much is caused by environmental factors what people call nature versus nurture Dr Benyamin said We wanted to resolve that by revisiting almost all the genetic twin studies conducted over the past 50 years and comparing all of them together he said Although the contribution of genetic and environmental factors was balanced for most of the traits studied the research showed there could be significant differences in individual traits For example risk for bipolar disorder was about 70 per cent due to genetics and 30 per cent due to environmental factors When visiting the nature versus nurture debate there is overwhelming evidence that both genetic and environmental factors can influence traits and diseases Dr Benyamin said What is comforting is that on average about 50 per cent of individual differences are genetic and 50 per cent are environmental The findings show that we need to look at ourselves outside of a view of nature versus nurture and instead look at it as nature and nurture MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetics nature or nurture This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/not-nature-or-nurture-but-nature-and-nurture/11469 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    s roughly 50 50 say researchers Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/nature+or+nurture (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Gene of the Week 2: voting preferences
    to voting Tory we found that 57 of the variability differences or similarity between people s voting preferences were due to genetic effects writes Professor Tim Spector of Kings College London The percentages for UKIP were 51 and for both Labor and the Green Party 48 Only a vote for the Liberal Democrats could not be explained by genetics Previous studies have also shown strong genetic influences on right wing views be they for or against We and others have demonstrated consistent genetic influences on all measurable aspects of our personalities The consensus is that these political leanings are mainly due to the genetic makeup of our underlying personalities MORE ON THESE TOPICS gene of the week genetic determinism genetic fundamentalism genetics This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/gene-of-the-week-2-voting-preferences/11400 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    are positively correlated with provocative headlines Gene of the week paedophilia Michael Cook 11 October 2014 Comments tags gene of the week genetic determinism pedophilia A Rutgers law professor is protesting against unjust discrimination Gene of the week internet addiction Michael Cook 14 September 2012 Comments tags gene of the week genetics Everybody is talking about internet addiction many people spend hours online and immediately start feeling bad if they are unable to do so Medically this phenomenon has not been as clearly described as nicotine or alcohol dependency But a German study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine suggests that there are molecular genetic connections in internet addiction too Politics is in your genes Michael Cook 01 September 2012 Comments tags gene of the week genetics politics and bioethics Studies asserting that political preferences are genetically determined are dog whistles for the media and consequently great publicity for journals So on cue at the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week Trends in Genetics issued a press release about a highly positive review of research into genetics and political behaviour Study hits back at genopolitics Michael Cook 09 March 2012 Comments tags gene of the week genetics A couple of years ago political scientists from the University of California at San Diego made a media splash with their theory published in Science that political preferences are in part genetically determined Whether you vote Democrat or Republican is literally in your DNA Genopolitics as this theory was dubbed was supported last year with a report that your politics is related to the structure of your brain But in the latest issue of the American Political Science Review academics from Duke and Harvard rubbish the notion that two genes could be responsible for the way you vote In

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/gene+of+the+week (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    genetic evidence in courtrooms In an article published in Neuron earlier this month Appelbaum noted that there has been a modest increase in the use of genetic arguments in US jurisdictions in the past twenty years He challenged the view that genetic evidence provides a genuinely excusing condition One can always say no Xavier Symons 23 May 2014 Comments tags crime genetic determinism What role do genes and the wiring of the brain play in criminal action A new study from researchers in the Netherlands offers a first person perspective on the question The researchers visited a juvenile detention facility in the country s south and asked offenders themselves what they thought Is happiness genetically determined Michael Cook 14 May 2011 Comments tags genetic determinism happiness Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory according to Albert Schweitzer Only half right according to a recent paper in the Journal of Human Genetics Happiness is in your genes The long versions of the 5 HTTLPR gene to be precise Can an imaginary gene keep you behind bars Michael Cook 05 February 2011 Comments tags genetic determinism genetics Perhaps in New York Sperm bank for beautiful people opens Michael

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/genetic+determinism (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Cook 18 April 2015 Comments tags gene of the week genetic fundamentalism genetics genetics and law Sex offending is written in DNA of some men in the headlines after publication of a Swedish study Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/genetic+fundamentalism (2016-02-18)
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