Ancient DNA: A window into human nature and change

I read an article this week which described an analysis of ancient DNA samples from Portugal to understand how prehistoric populations mingled and merged to form the modern Portuguese gene pool (Martiniano et al. 2017). This type of article is not unusual. Similar studies have been conducted on populations from every inhabited continent. What interested

Lewontin’s bait-and-switch: A strategy to undermine genetic explanations of behavior

Coinciding with the launch of his book, Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class (see my thoughts here), Charles Murray had an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal where, among other things, he discussed the importance of polygenic scores in making predictions. Polygenic scores are scores derived from DNA variants. Bits of

Genes and socioeconomic status: New findings and old wisdom

At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “For ye have the poor with you always . . .” (Mark 14:7, King James Version). New research in behavioral genetics has proven Jesus correct. Two new articles on the genetics of socioeconomic status (SES) shows that a partial reason why some people are rich and others are poor

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