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Maps of a Growing Brain Show That Genes Do Less Than We Thought

The worm turns against genetic determinism

Not this kind of worm. (A Dune sandworm plushy. Credit: Reddit/Slime-Boss).

There’s a strangely persistent idea that your genes are the blueprint for your brain. Robert Plomin even called his book about the genetic influence on the mind “Blueprint”. But a blueprint is a detailed one-to-one schematic of what will be constructed. Genes are not that…

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Mark Humphries

Mark Humphries

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Theorist & neuroscientist. Writing at the intersection of neurons, data science, and AI. Author of “The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds”