The Dependent Gene

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A masterful guide to human development that redefines the nature versus nurture debate

A much-needed antidote to genetic determinism, The Dependent Gene reveals how all traits-even characteristics like eye and hair color-are caused by complex interactions between genes and the environment at every stage of biological and psychological development, from the single fertilized egg to full-grown adulthood.

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Overview

A masterful guide to human development that redefines the nature versus nurture debate

A much-needed antidote to genetic determinism, The Dependent Gene reveals how all traits-even characteristics like eye and hair color-are caused by complex interactions between genes and the environment at every stage of biological and psychological development, from the single fertilized egg to full-grown adulthood.

How we understand the nature versus nurture debate directly affects our thoughts about such basic issues as sex and reproduction, parenting, education, and crime, and has an enormous impact on social policy. With life-and-death questions in the balance surrounding stem-cell research, cloning, and DNA fingerprinting, we can no longer afford to be ignorant of human development. An enlightening guide to this brave new world, The Dependent Gene empowers us to take control of our own destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

Jerome Kagan

A provocative and gracefully written book that will surely generate discussion and debate.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit Robert Lickliter

The Dependent Gene is a masterful analysis. A useful and engaging guide for the lay reader, the practicing scientist, and all who seek a more integrative approach to the endlessly fascinating process of development.
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"A provocative and gracefully written book that will surely generate discussion and debate."—Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., author of Three Seductive Ideas

"The Dependent Gene is a masterful analysis. A useful and engaging guide for the lay reader, the practicing scientist, and all who seek a more integrative approach to the endlessly fascinating process of development." —Robert Lickliter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805072808
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Moore, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Pitzer College and at Claremont Graduate University. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University and did his postdoctoral work at the City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Part I Where We're Going, Where We've Been
Introduction "Hello Dolly": The Future Is Now 3
1 From Aristotle's Wonder to a Fork in the Road: The Wrenching of Genetics from Development 16
2 What Galton's Eugenics Has Wrought: Behavior Genetics and Heritability 32
3 Listening to Twins: A Critique of Twin Studies 49
Part II Background Basics
4 Dependent Genes: Essential Biology and DNA 67
5 Running Noses, Smelling Feet: A Primer on Embryology 82
6 Brain Basics: Some Revelations of Developmental Neuroscience 90
Part III Developmental Systems
7 A Turtle in the Shade: The Development of Sexual Characteristics 107
8 The Dutch Hungerwinter and the Cat in the Hat: How Prenatal Environments Affect Our Traits 117
9 Chicken Shoes and Monkey Foods: The Not-So-Subtle Effects of Some Very Subtle Postnatal Experiences 129
10 Tornadoes, Stars, and Human Beings: The Developmental Systems Perspective 144
Part IV Development and Evolution
11 The Modern Synthesis: What Mother Nature Selects 159
12 Legacies: How We Get Our Environments 169
13 On Big Muscles and Facial Hair: Reconsidering "Inherited," "Acquired," and "Innate" 180
14 The Fetal Ape: Consequences of Integrating Development and Evolution 193
Part V Implications
15 When Cows Fly: The Full-Blown Demise of Genetic Determinism 207
16 Budging the Bell Curve: Implications for Education 216
17 Finding the Cost of Freedom: Complexity and Responsibility 222
18 Medical Marvels: Implications for Genetic and Environmental Therapies 228
19 Owning Cloning: Implications for New Reproductive Technologies 237
Epilogue: In the Beginning 242
Acknowledgments 245
Notes 247
References 290
Index 303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    should be obligatory upon all science writers

    One of the best books on the nature-nurture controversy I ever read.

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