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In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics

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Rosoff, PM
Published in: Science Technology and Human Values
March 1, 2010

Behavioral genetics has as its goal the discovery of genes that play a significant causal role in complex phenotypes that are socially relevant such a parenting, aggression, psychiatric disorders, intelligence, and even race. In this article, I present the stories of the discoveries of three such important phenotypes: maternal nurturing behavior and the c-fosB gene; intelligence and phenylketonuria (PKU); and pair-bonding and monogamy (vasopressin and oxytocin) and show that the reality is considerably more complex than often portrayed. These accounts also lay bare some fundamental misconceptions of this field in which genes hold a privileged place and inherently subjective phenomena are mistakenly objectified. © The Author(s) 2010.

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Science Technology and Human Values

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1552-8251

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0162-2439

Publication Date

March 1, 2010

Volume

35

Issue

2

Start / End Page

200 / 243

Related Subject Headings

  • Science Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4401 Anthropology
  • 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Rosoff, P. M. (2010). In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics. Science Technology and Human Values, 35(2), 200–243. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243909340260
Rosoff, P. M. “In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics.” Science Technology and Human Values 35, no. 2 (March 1, 2010): 200–243. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243909340260.
Rosoff PM. In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics. Science Technology and Human Values. 2010 Mar 1;35(2):200–43.
Rosoff, P. M. “In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics.” Science Technology and Human Values, vol. 35, no. 2, Mar. 2010, pp. 200–43. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0162243909340260.
Rosoff PM. In search of the mommy gene: Truth and consequences in behavioral genetics. Science Technology and Human Values. 2010 Mar 1;35(2):200–243.
Journal cover image

Published In

Science Technology and Human Values

DOI

EISSN

1552-8251

ISSN

0162-2439

Publication Date

March 1, 2010

Volume

35

Issue

2

Start / End Page

200 / 243

Related Subject Headings

  • Science Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4401 Anthropology
  • 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services