Do genes influence your personality?

The revolution in genetics has allowed scientists to look at human personality in a different light. Behaviours such as being open to new experiences or often feeling anxious have been linked to genes affecting specific chemicals in the brain. Genes can’t be the only explanation for such behaviours, but this research raises complex ethical questions. How do we define ourselves as individuals: are we independent, free and in control of who we are and what we do?

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Principal Funder:

Wellcome trust

Major Sponsors:

GlaxoSmithKline life technologies