Latest Nature versus nurture Stories
Practice, practice, practice might get you to Carnegie Hall, but for aspiring musicians, there's new evidence that genes may influence one's ability to get there, as well.
Parental education is a strong predictor of socioeconomic status and childrenâ€™s educational environment - Nevertheless, some children continue to experience reading failure in spite of high parental education and support for learning to read.
Scientists are beginning to develop a clearer picture of what makes some people stand head and shoulders above the rest. A team of researchers who last year identified the first common version of a gene influencing height has now identified a further twenty regions of the genome which together can make a height difference of up to 6cm.
Our large brains are surely at the center of our humanity. But it is equally certain that few organs are the subject of more misinformation in scientific and public discourse - especially in the widespread notion that most behaviors controlled by our marvelous brain are somehow programmed into it genetically.
Children inherit their taste for meat and fish but when it comes to vegetables and desserts it's more nurture than nature, according to a study on Wednesday.
Forget family influence and upbringing. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, genes seem to play an important role, scientists said on Monday.
Love and friendship may have genetic roots, according to a study in twins that suggests DNA has a strong influence who individuals marry and pal around with.
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