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The Genetic Revolution

The Big Idea for Friday, December 06, 2013

If the 21st century is to become the 'genomic century,' as many believe, we need to have an open, frank conversation about how we view human difference.

This is the message from Harvard professor Sarah Richardson in today's lesson. According to Richardson, the history of science shows us that our beliefs about sex difference are deeply shaped by both culture and science. 

We therefore need "a patience with the data and an openness to surprising results," she says, so "we can do this research in an ethical space and feel that we are doing the right thing."


  1. 1 Sex and the Genome: Cultural Gender Conceptions Influence the Genetic Science of Sex
    Big Think Editors Specific Gravity
  2. 2 Genetics: The Key to Immortality?
    Michio Kaku
  3. 3 What Does Everyone Need to Know About Genetics?
    Bryan Sykes
  4. 4 Nature or Nurture? The Surprising Way Genetics Could Reshape the Debate.
    Megan Erickson Think Tank

The Genetic Revolution

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