Join GCPL, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Emory University to discuss Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by scientist Bill Sullivan, is a deep dive into understanding how genetics, epigenetics, and microbes work with our environment to make us who we are.
In Pleased to Meet Me, Sullivan describes new research showing how our genes not only dictate our physical traits but also have a huge influence on our personality and behavior. Truly understanding ourselves requires knowledge of how our environment can modify our DNA through a process called epigenetics. Epigenetics may explain how the behavior of our parents—such as what our mother does during pregnancy, or whether our father was a smoker—can play a wide-ranging role in obesity, depression, anxiety, and more.
Sullivan is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he studies infectious diseases and genetics.
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