Jan 22 2018
11:35 am

What: Books Sandwiched In is this Wednesday!
When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

Join Dr. Jason Fletcher for a discussion of the book he co-authored The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future.

Fletcher_J_portrait_small.jpg“I’m very excited to be returning to Knoxville to share my research,” Fletcher said. “My first experiences doing research was as an undergraduate at UT in the economics department and the Center for Business and Economic Research, which gave me many opportunities to learn how to work across disciplines and gather evidence on many policy topics.”

In The Genome Factor, Fletcher and co-author Dalton Conley reveal that there are real genetic differences by racial ancestry, but they don't conform to what we call Black, white, or Latino. Genes explain a significant share of who gets ahead in society and who does not, but instead of giving rise to a genetocracy, genes often act as engines of mobility that counter social disadvantage. The authors also tackle controversial topics such as the future of reproduction in a world where more people are taking advantage of cheap genotyping services like 23andMe.



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