genetics

During a year’s placement at a pharmaceutical company I was amazed at the pace of genetic research, particularly into gene therapies (GT), where genetic material is introduced into patients to counteract or replace a malfunctioning gene with the hope of curing a disease....

Do our genes determine who we are? Does the environment have an independent impact on our development, or are so-called environmental effects actually reflective of the ways particular genes cause us to interact with the environment? Do parents and family ‘matter’ in child...

Tim Wardle’s feature debut is an emotional rollercoaster of a documentary, and a stark illustration of the tragic consequences of unethical research.

USA, 1980: identical triplets aged 19 and separated at birth, miraculously find one another. It is the stuff of popular...

Autumn 2018, and American psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin’s new book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are exploded onto the scene, to headlines of '...

Researchers at King’s College London are aiming to recruit 40,000 people in England who have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression to take part in future research. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study is being led by Dr Gerome Breen, Reader of...

You study children with ‘callous and unemotional’ traits. What are they actually like to work with – it must be hard to connect?
I think these children are a lot easier to engage in research than they are to work with in a school setting...

When we see a toddler showing the first signs of personality, how often are we tempted to say ‘She must get that from her mother’? Such assumptions are quite sensible – after all, our genetic makeup is composed of two copies of 23 chromosomes, one copy inherited from each...

The models of reality that scientists create have tremendous influence over us. Quite rightly, too - at least for most things. But many models – especially in the human sciences - are tentative constructs with foundations in everyday experience. Because of that, overturning...

As humans, we share the vast majority of our genes, but the comparatively few that vary can have consequences on our height, appearance and potentially even educational achievement. In its first annual lecture Learnus, a think tank...

“What”, asks clinical psychologist Oliver James, “would lead to acceptance of the null...