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Our Genes, Our Choices How Genotype and Gene Interactions Affect Behavior

ISBN-10: 0123969522
ISBN-13: 9780123969521
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Goldman
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List price: $74.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Are people free to make choices, or do genes determine behavior? Paradoxically, the answer to both questions is "yes," because of neurogenetic individuality, a new theory with profound implications. This theory emerged from gene discoveries by Dr. Goldman and his colleagues which have been recently published in 'Nature'. Genetic studies reveal pathways from DNA to behavior that are helping us understand the diversity of human behavior and behavior of other species.In this book, the complexity of human behavior and a person's ability to choose is explained as deriving from a relatively small number of genes which direct neurodevelopmental sequence. The author uses judicial, political, medical, and ethical examples to illustrate that this lifelong process is guided by individual genotype, molecular and physiologic principles, as well as by randomness and environmental exposures we choose and do not choose.Poses and resolves challenges to moral responsibility raised by modern genetics and neurosciencePreface will be written by a world renowned geneticist or neuroscientist.Authoritatively written, provides a neurogenetic mechanism for the origins of free will and ability to make moral choices to engage a broad audience of professionals.

David Goldman Dr. Goldman received his B.S. from Yale University in 1974. He received his M.D. degree in 1978 and completed residency training in psychiatry in 1979, both at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Goldman joined the NIAAA in 1979 and has been chief of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics since 1991. Throughout his career, Dr. Goldman has focused on the identification of genetic factors responsible for inherited differences in behavior. His laboratory is currently exploring the genetics of alcoholism, substance abuse, and related health problems.

A Note on Gene and Protein Symbols
Foreword
Preface
About the Author
The Neurogenetic Origins of Behavior
The Jinn in the Genome
2B or Not 2B?
Stephen Mobley and His X-Chromosome
Dial Multifactorial for Murder: The Intersection of Genes and Culture
Distorted Capacity I: The Measure of the Impaired Will
Distorted Capacity II: Neuropsychiatric Diseases and the Impaired Will
Inheritance of Behavior and Genes "For" Behavior: Gene Wars
The Scientific and Historic Bases of Genethics: Who Watches the Geneticists and by What Principles?
The World is Double Helical: DNA, RNA and Proteins, in a Few Easy Pieces
The Stochastic Brain: From DNA Blueprint to Behavior
Reintroducing Genes and Behavior
Warriors and Worriers
How Many Genes Does it Take to Make a Behavior?
The Genesis and Genetics of Sexual Behavior
Gene By Environment Interaction
The Epigenetic Revolution: Finding the Imprint of the Environment on the Genome
DNA on Trial
Parents and Children: Neurogenetic Determinism and Neurogenetic Individuality
Summing Up Genetic Predictors of Behavior
Suggested Reading
List of Figures
Glossary
Index

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