Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Rose: Lifelines

Behavioral neurogenetics beyond determinism

Wim E. Crusio a1
a1 Institut de Transgénose, CNRS UPR 9074, Génétique, Neurogénétique et Comportement, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2, France


Rose's Lifelines justifiably attacks the rigid genetic determinism that pervades the popular press and even some scientific writing. Genes do not equate with destiny. However, Rose's argument should not be taken too far: genes do influence behavior, in animals as well as in man.