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Taking the Long View on Wellness

March 1, 2017

Portrait: Professor Jeffry Simpson

Portrait: Professor Jeffry Simpson
Professor Jeffry Simpson, Department of Psychology

Nature vs. nurture is one of the oldest debates in biology. Are people’s lives determined by their genes, their upbringing, or both? Nearly 30 years ago at the onset of the human genome project, scientists believed that once all human genes were known, all of human health would be explained. To the surprise of many, and the vindication of some, this has not been the case. Nurture plays a significant role in shaping the people we become. Dr Jeffry Simpson and his research team at the University of Minnesota are trying to understand how our earliest experiences shape our lives into adulthood.

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