Are We More Than Our Genes?

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Has nature endowed us with a capacity for altruism? Should we be allowed to determine our children’s eye color? What happens when humans can easily “play God”?

These are a few of the questions that this Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum explores.

This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/8/15

How parents’ lives affect their descendants’ DNA, why some emotions are hardwired, and a new way to think about the evolutionary history of humans — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.

Our Genes, Our Selves

How much of "who we are" is determined by our genetic makeup?

As genetic technology continues to advance, what happens when we try to create or eliminate certain characteristics for our children? What are the potential unintended consequences with fiddling with our DNA? Should humans be “playing God”? Lisa Ortuno, a Sinai and Synapses Fellow, explores those questions through a series of interviews, asking several experts, “Are we more than our genes?”

This Week in Genetics and Religion – 6/1/15

A genetic disposition for religion leading to more prosociality, whether the wealthiest humans will evolve into “god-like cyborgs,” and ethical questions raised by ensuring survival of “micro preemie babies” — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.

This Week in Genetics and Religion – 5/26/15

The first-ever conference on bioethics and cellular technology, whether infidelity has a genetic basis, and just how much of “who we are” is nature or nurture — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.

This Week in Genetics and Religion – 5/18/15

Why some people are more likely to cry at weddings and funerals, the difficulty of discovering where language came from, and why our community might be more important than our genetics in encouraging health — here’s what’s new in genetics and religion this week.