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Does DNA really define destiny?

Robert Plomin's Blueprint argues—correctly—that genes have a profound effect on human traits from intelligence to mental health. But what happens in our lives matters, too

By Philip Ball   November 2018

How much are our lives really dictated by our DNA? Photo: Shutterstock

Godwin’s law dictates that all online arguments, if they run for long enough, will end up comparing someone to Hitler. But the Nazis are apt to turn up sooner rather than later in arguments about genetics and human behaviour. If the left too often flinches at what the science says, invoking the spectre of eugenics, the hard-right latches on eagerly hoping to confirm its prejudices about race and inequality. Robert Plomin transcends this divide.

While he insists that…

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