Marla B Sokolowski and Joel D Levine

Inheritance is associated with a paradox it roars with the survival of the species, while at the same time it whispers a fragile message that is constantly modified even among kin. The genes, the environmental context and the traits that arise from their interaction are interrelated. A complexity that characterises this three-way relationship has been attributed to the nature-nurture dichotomy. Traditionally, nature is understood to mean the genes, whereas nurture denotes the environment. So,...