The emergence of social genomics: integrating social science and genetic research

Initiative in Social Genomics | ISG

The Initiative in Social Genomics (ISG) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison aims to become home to the largest and most innovative group of researchers pursuing topics in social genomics in the world. Integrating social science and genetic research, ISG researchers study how genes are linked with human behavior and socio-economic outcomes, how genes and environments interact (GxE), and how external social conditions influence basic internal biological processes—specifically, gene expression. Their findings add to the body of evidence that humans’ molecular composition can be shaped by social-environmental experiences.

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Advances in genomics over the last two decades allow current researchers to ask new questions and to approach old questions in new ways