behavioral genetics

Kathryn Paige Harden on Behavioral Genetics

Kathryn Paige Harden is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Lab and co-directs the Texas twin project. The author of a new book, The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, Harden argues that DNA testing can be used in policy-making and research not to reify existing inequalities, as eugenicists and racists suggest, but to recast genetic differences as luck – the Genetic Lottery – and build a case for our duty as a society to do more for those who have less. A progressive who challenges many progressive pieties, Harden has made a mark; her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker – to name but a few.

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