Vol. 12, No. 2, 2006 Page 7


QUOTABLE:
MICHAEL RUTTER

"(G)enes and environment cannot be viewed as totally separate and independent."

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"Much of the writing on environmental risk factors tends to imply that risk effects operate across the population as a whole. However, the evidence is clear-cut that this is rarely the case. In particular, genetic influences play a major role in moderating environmental effects."

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"(V)irtually all major environmental effects involve genetic mechanisms of one sort or another. Psychosocial researchers ignore these genetic effects at their peril."

Michael Rutter, in Genes and Behavior: Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained, Blackwell Publishing, 2006

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