Speaker Name(s): Susannah Varmuza, PhD
Description: Since the rediscovery of genetics at the turn of the last century, biologists have debated the impact of nature and nurture on the development, viability and behaviour of living organisms. Many studies of twins have suggested that both play a major role in the final outcome, but little is known about how these two forces affect us. Recent studies in the emerging field of epigenetics have provided concrete evidence of the interplay between nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment), and have directed our attention to the place they intersect the genome. Examples will illustrate a growing understanding of how nature and nurture mold us.