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Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment

Moving Beyond the Nature/Nurture Debate

Editors: Lyla M Hernandez and Dan G Blazer. .

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-10196-4


The goal of the study was to identify approaches and strategies to strengthen the integration of social, behavioral, and genetic research and to consider the relevant training and infrastructure needs. More specifically, NIH requested the following: (1) Review the state of the science on the interactions between the social environment and genetics that affect human health. (2) Develop case studies that will demonstrate how the interactions of the social environment and genetics affect health outcomes; illustrate the methodological issues involved in measuring the interactions; elucidate the research gaps; point to key areas necessary for integrating social, behavioral, and genetic research; and suggest mechanisms for overcoming barriers. (3) Identify gaps in the knowledge and barriers that exist to integrating social, behavioral, and genetic research in this area. (4) Recommend specific short- and long-term priorities for social and behavioral research on gene-social environment interactions; identify mechanisms that can be used to encourage interdisciplinary research in this area. (5) Assess workforce, resource, and infrastructure needs and make actionable recommendations on overcoming barriers and developing mechanisms to accelerate progress.


This study was supported by Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139, TO 154 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Human Genome Research Institute, and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2006, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK19929PMID: 20669442DOI: 10.17226/11693


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