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Unravelling the genetic influences of reproductive behaviour and gene-environment interaction


Sociogenome is a research project located at the University of Oxford and Nuffield College funded by the European Research Council and led by Prof. Melinda Mills.

Sociogenome is comprehensive study of the role of genes and gene-environment (GxE) interaction on reproductive behaviour. Until now, social science research has focussed on socio-environmental explanations, largely neglecting the role of genes. Drawing from recent unprecedented advances in molecular genetics we examine whether there is a genetic component to reproductive outcomes, including age at first birth, number of children and infertility and their interaction with the social environment.