Chinese twins play at a park in Beijing. “Identical twins reared apart from birth are as similar as identical twins reared together in the same family”, professor of genetics Robert Plomin argues, citing studies of twins. Photo: AFP

Nature vs nurture: why parents’ genes determine who we become, not how they raise us, according to professor

  • Parents have little effect on their children’s outcomes, beyond the blueprint that their genes provided, Professor Robert Plomin writes in a new book
  • Experiences matter – family, friends, school – but they do not change who we basically are, he says. Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees
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Chinese twins play at a park in Beijing. “Identical twins reared apart from birth are as similar as identical twins reared together in the same family”, professor of genetics Robert Plomin argues, citing studies of twins. Photo: AFP
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