The Genomic Case Against Genetic Determinism: Bridging the Gap from Animals to Humans

Tuesday, June 25th, 2024
Gene Robinson

Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
919 W. Illinois, Urbana

Event Description

Animal studies reveal that the molecular wiring of the brain can be altered by heredity, the environment, and their interaction. A deeper molecular understanding of these interactions could be a potent antidote to societal concerns of genetic determinism for human behavior. But this requires a framework that better integrates animal and human behavioral genetic studies, a long-standing problem in the field. This lecture will explain the underlying science. Turning the tables, Professor Robinson will also invite your ideas on why this problem persists and how we might bridge the gap.

Gene Robinson

CAS Professor of Entomology
Director, Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology