Robert Plomin

Robert Plomin

Darwin Day Lecture: How Does DNA Make Us Who We Are?

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Tue 12 February 2019

Robert Plomin

Darwin Day Lecture: How Does DNA Make Us Who We Are?

Robert Plomin
Tue 12 February 2019,

This FREE event in now fully booked and the waiting list is currently full. If you have a ticket and can no longer attend, please cancel it so it can be offered to someone else. We will be running a returns queue on the night and will admit anyone waiting without a ticket into empty seats five minutes before the start of the event.

Have you ever wondered why you’re good at some things and not others? What made you an introvert or an extrovert? Why you’re so like – or unlike – your siblings? How your parents shaped you, and how you might shape your children? What if there was a device that could predict these things from birth, which could tell you if you were going to get depression or schizophrenia, or how well you would do at school? There is. It is your DNA.

In this special lecture to mark Darwin Day 2019, Robert Plomin will draw on 40 years of research to show just how far we are all shaped by our genes from birth, and how they, in turn, influence the environments in which we live and the life experiences we are likely to have. It turns out even nurture is actually nature: we seek out environments and are parented in ways that fit our genetic pre-disposition.

While gene testing kits are now available in the home and will soon influence our work and health environments too, it is time to launch a broader public conversation about the applications and implications of the DNA revolution, because it will affect us all. Genetics is too important to leave to geneticists alone.

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