Is science in the genes?
While reading some blogs about science to help me write my essay I came a very interesting post titled How to Become a Biologist. It is a man’s story through science and how he has tackled various challenges throughout his life, to get where he is today. It is quite lengthy, but full of humor and personality that makes the reader feel very connected to the writer. One part that made me really think was when the author discussed his family’s professions and how he relates to them. The author wrote the following:
“As long as I can remember I loved animals. I have no idea where that came from. My family mostly had to do with theater, art, language and literature. I think they thought I was going to become an actor. My grandfather was a famous architect and I certainly have talent – I can draw a floor-plan of an apartment or a building from memory. If I ever get filthy rich I will probably try to play a big role in the design of my house. My great-uncle is a chemical engineer. But none of them were particularly in love with nature or animals. None of them felt really comfortable out in the wild.”
I had never thought of the fact that professions could really passed down through generations. My dad majored in psychology but gave that up quickly and became a small business owner. Him and his partner are now successful wholesale food distributors (meaning they sell food and supplies to pizza shops in New England). My mom went to school to be a veterinary technician and worked at a local veterinary clinic for years until she became a mother and quit her job. Now my sister is in school to be a nurse, which is very much science based and in a way very similar to what my mom majored in, except for people not animals. And now here I am majoring in business, just like the path my dad chose to pursue. I had never made this connection before and maybe it is just coincidence, or maybe my sister and I each got certain genes from our parents that made us want similar jobs as them.
So here is my question to you: do you think that certain professions or areas of study can be passed down from generation to generation? I don’t know the answer and I didn’t do any research on it, but it certainly interesting to look at your family and compare them to what you want to major in. Not only does this bring up the idea of science being passed through genes but also the question of whether scientists can even tell if something like this could happen.