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2009-07-03 11:12:33

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.

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2008-12-22 15:45:00

Parental education is a strong predictor of socioeconomic status and children’s educational environment - Nevertheless, some children continue to experience reading failure in spite of high parental education and support for learning to read.

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2008-04-07 10:55:00

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.

2007-05-10 06:00:00

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.

2006-06-13 18:20:00

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.

2006-06-05 12:25:00

Forget family influence and upbringing. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, genes seem to play an important role, scientists said on Monday.

2005-07-30 19:22:06

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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fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
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