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The Developing Genome

An Introduction to Behavioral Epigenetics

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An accessible introduction to behavioral epigenetics, The Developing Genome explores how experiences influence genetic activity. We develop as we do not because of the genes we have, but because of what our genes do. The Developing Genome explains this new discipline and its revolutionary implications, changing how we understand development and evolution.
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Winner of the 2016 William James Book Award

Winner of the 2016 Eleanor Maccoby Book Award

Jerome Kagan, PhD, Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Harvard University David Moore's description of the complex discoveries in epigenetics is a tour de force-it allows all readers to appreciate the significance of these unexpected phenomena. The Developing Genome is required reading for all who wonder about the power of genes."

Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Epigenetics is one of the hottest topics in biology these days, and that certainly makes sense-it helps explain on a nuts-and-bolts level precisely how experience, especially early in life, leaves long-lasting effects on our bodies and our behaviors. Not surprisingly, it's also a complex subject to understand, and is vulnerable to hype and inflated promises. There's no one better than David Moore to write a book like this-he knows the field inside out and writes
about it in a way that is insightful, appropriately skeptical at points, and utterly clear and accessible to the interested non-scientist. This is a terrific book."

Mark Blumberg, PhD, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Biology and Psychology, University of Iowa Every dogma has its day, and the once-vaunted central dogma of molecular biology has seen better ones. A steady stream of surprising findings emerging from the rapidly growing field of behavioral epigenetics is showing us how our DNA does not legislate from above, but is rather a participant in a highly interactive developmental system. It is from this system that our behavior and psychology emerge. In his wonderfully informative and accessible new book, David Moore
proves himself a skillful guide to this very complicated and vast new field. For readers hoping to understand what all the excitement is about without drowning in a sea of jargon, they need look no further."

J. Steven Reznick, Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Reading David Moore's explanation of epigenetics is relevant for anyone who is interested in health and behavior as an aid in making appropriate life decisions, or from an academic perspective. This authoritative, intriguing, practical, and wise book helps steer us away from the tradition of assuming that genes are deterministic, and towards a better understanding of how life experiences can alter the genomic heritage that all parents share with their children."

[The Developing Genome] show the limitation of the blueprint metaphor of genomes for something so intricate, complex, multilayered and dynamic. [It] underscore[s] the risks of taking metaphors too literally, not just in undermining popular understanding of science, but also in trammelling scientific enquiry. They are for anyone int...

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<strong>David S. Moore</strong> is a professor of psychology at Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He received his PhD in developmental and biological psychology from Harvard University. A developmental cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in infant cognition, Moore explores the contributions of genetic, environmental, and epigenetic factors to human development. His book <em>The Dependent Gene</em> was widely adopted for use in undergraduate education and was nominated for the Cognitive Development Society's Best Authored Volume award.


Part I: What's the Big Deal? Getting Up to Speed 1. Context 2. Phenotypes 3. Development 4. DNA 5. Zooming in on DNA 6. Regulation 7. Zooming in on Regulation Part II: What Do We Know? 8. Epigenetics 9. Zooming in on Epigenetics 10. Experience 11. Zooming in on Experience 12. Primates 13. Memory 14. Zooming in on Memory 15. Nutrition 16. Zooming in on Nutrition Part III: The Meanings and Mechanics of Inheritance 17. Inheritance 18. Multiplicity 19. Evidence 20. Grandparents Part IV: Implications 21. Caution 22. Hope 23. Conclusions Acknowledgments Notes References Index