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Is the child 'father of the Man': evaluating the stability of genetic influences across development

Ronald, Angelica (2011) Is the child 'father of the Man': evaluating the stability of genetic influences across development. Developmental Science 14 (6), pp. 1471-8. ISSN 1363-755x.

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This selective review considers findings in genetic research that have shed light on how genes operate across development. We will address the question of whether the child is 'father of the Man' from a genetic perspective. In other words, do the same genetic influences affect the same traits across development? Using a 'taster menu' approach and prioritizing newer findings on cognitive and behavioral traits, examples from the following genetic disciplines will be discussed: (a) developmental quantitative genetics (such as longitudinal twin studies), (b) neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes with known genetic causes (such as Williams syndrome), (c) developmental candidate gene studies (such as those that link infant and adult populations), (d) developmental genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and (e) DNA resequencing. Evidence presented here suggests that there is considerable genetic stability of cognitive and behavioral traits across development, but there is also evidence for genetic change. Quantitative genetic studies have a long history of assessing genetic continuity and change across development. It is now time for the newer, more technology-enabled fields such as GWAS and DNA resequencing also to take on board the dynamic nature of human behavior.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 12:02
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