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There is no “gene for” everything

It's delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics

An illustration of a DNA sequence: examining genetic data doesn’t reveal “genes for” certain conditions “in any meaningful sense”. © Phanie Agency/REX

You might think it’s sheer bad luck to be struck by lightning. But some of us are cursed with a struck-by-lightning (SBL) gene. Sure, as with many genetic conditions, if you have the SBL gene it doesn’t mean you will be struck by lightning, just…

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