Single gene may hold key to life itself?

“Your IQ depends on a single gene”; “Long life is all in the genes”; “A gene that could explain why the red mist descends”; “Sleeping is all in the genes”; “Scientists ID morning person gene”; “The Twitter gene.”

Those are real, published headlines. Up until the last one, I’d forgive you for thinking they appeared in the 1910s, rather than the 2010s. Contemporary science has a far more sophisticated understanding of genetics than a century ago — and complexity is one of its central features. We know nothing is “all in the genes,” let alone one gene. Why then do such headlines persist?

View the original article here: Single Gene May Hold Key to Life Itself – Center for Genetics and …

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