Navigation Links
Your Genes May Help Pick Your Friends
Date:7/14/2014

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A person's DNA may play a big role in who they decide to hang with, a new study suggests.

"Looking across the whole genome, we find that, on average, we are genetically similar to our friends," study co-author James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, said in a university news release.

"We have more DNA in common with the people we pick as friends than we do with strangers in the same population," he said.

In the study, Fowler's team analyzed the genes of more than 1,900 people who were either pairs of unrelated friends or unrelated strangers.

He and his colleagues found that friends share about one percent of their genes and are as much "related" as fourth cousins or people who share great-great-great grandparents.

"One percent may not sound like much to the layperson, but to geneticists it is a significant number," study co-author Nicholas Christakis, a professor of sociology, evolutionary biology and medicine at Yale University, said in the news release.

"And how remarkable: Most people don't even know who their fourth cousins are! Yet we are somehow, among a myriad of possibilities, managing to select as friends the people who resemble our kin," he added.

The researchers also developed what they call a "friendship score" that can be used to predict who will be friends. It's about as accurate as genetic-based methods of predicting a person's risk of obesity or schizophrenia.

The study was published July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More information

Mental Health America explains the importance of connecting with others.

SOURCE: University of California, San Diego, news release, July 14, 2014

-- '/>"/>

Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Like Humans, Chimps Smarts May Rely on Genes
2. LJI develops new approach to identify genes poised to respond in asthma patients
3. Pseudogenes may provide clearer understanding of biomarkers
4. Mayo Clinic researchers reveal treasure trove of genes key to kidney cancer
5. Cancer risk: Aspirin and smoking affect aging of genes
6. Cancer genes hijack enhancers
7. Our own treacherous immune genes can cause cancer after viral infection
8. Four new genes confirmed to increase familial breast cancer risk
9. Study: New genes identified may unlock mystery of keloid development
10. In your genes: Family history reveals predisposition to multiple diseases
11. Molecules involved in rheumatoid arthritis angiogenesis identified
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Your Genes May Help Pick Your Friends
(Date:9/2/2014)... (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 As an industry ... in an industry and predict change. Fortunately for him, that ... him to identify markets that are eager for change — ... of the hearing aid market indicated it was ripe for ... consumer,” Sapio explained. As a result, he took matters into ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... is available in Spanish . ... found, through an experiment conducted on rats, that hyperproteic diets ... use for groups with bone disease problems, such as the ... that vegetal proteinin the case of the present study, soy ... the former increased the level of calcium in bones by ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... nurses in their work care for patients who are ... shown that many nurses in training feel unprepared and ... during end-of-life care. , Scientists from the Sahlgrenska Academy ... Gothenburg, the University of Skvde and the Ersta Skndal ... caring for dying patients, their ideas about how to ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... September 02, 2014 Catalent, the ... development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health ... strategic partner, Eli Lilly’s growth, it is to ... at its Philadelphia Clinical Supply Center of Excellence. ... capabilities in its clinical supply facility in Schorndorf, ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Splashtop Inc. , the worldwide ... NTT DoCoMo to deliver Splashtop Business Lite ... Lite is included in NTT DoCoMo’s “Business Plus” program. ... that empower users to remote access their corporate computers ... 18 million users worldwide. Splashtop delivers the best ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:David Sapio Launches Zounds Hearing Franchise 2Health News:Study conducted on rats suggests that hyperproteic diets can be beneficial for bones 2Health News:Many nurses unprepared to meet dying patients 2Health News:Catalent Supports Eli Lilly's Growing Global Clinical Trials Needs with New Investment in Automated Packaging Solutions 2Health News:Splashtop and NTT DoCoMo Partner to Deliver “Splashtop Business Lite” Secure Remote Access Solution to Business Customers 2
... affect heart despite symptom relief, experts say , , MONDAY, ... longer than they did 40 years ago, but not if ... the Mayo Clinic. , "When you look at persons with ... benefits over the last several decades of improved survival the ...
... for colorectal cancer screening, nearly two-thirds of screening colonoscopies ... in the October issue of the journal Gastroenterology, Thomas ... University School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute, Inc. ... who is at risk for colorectal cancer as well ...
... cancer who arent eligible for standard treatment is under ... unfortunate reality is that kidney problems often result from ... cisplatin and gemcitabine, says Dr. Teresa A. Coleman, hematologist-oncologist ... II study at about 120 sites in North America, ...
... Va., Oct. 29 CEL-SCI Corporation,(Amex: CVM ) ... of cancer immunotherapies on its new website. The link ... home page at http://www.cel-sci.com . Geert ... minds of many represents the future of cancer therapy. ...
... - Halogen Software Inc., the leading,provider of Web-based ... Vonage has selected Halogen eAppraisal with,Multi-Rater. Vonage, a ... a Web-based system to streamline the appraisal process ... top-notch services to its,customers. Vonage will be ...
... crisis in the developing world because of lack of ... His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Patron of ... , In the foreword to a special supplement ... The Duke of York says that this situation is ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Rheumatoid Arthritis Death Rate Unchanged 2Health News:Rheumatoid Arthritis Death Rate Unchanged 3Health News:1 size may not fit all 2Health News:New treatment option studied for bladder cancer 2Health News:New treatment option studied for bladder cancer 3Health News:Vonage Selects Halogen Software - New Solution to Streamline Employee Performance and Talent Management Across Organization 2Health News:British Royal highlights anesthesia crisis in the developing world 2
(Date:9/2/2014)... 2, 2014  Based on its recent analysis ... Frost & Sullivan recognizes Novian Health, Inc. with ... for Technology Innovation Leadership. Novian Health has greatly ... tumors with its proprietary technology, Novilase ® ... accurate, and easy-to-control ultrasound-guided thermo ablation device that ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... DIEGO , Sept. 2, 2014 ResMed (NYSE: ... and Astral™ 150 devices in the United ... generation of portable, lightweight, and user-friendly life support ventilators. ... offer unparalleled mobility and ease of use for patients ... and other adult and childhood respiratory disorders. The U.S. ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... BEDFORD, Mass. , Sept. 2, 2014  Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... , President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the ... City , New York on ... Interested parties are invited to listen to the live ... Hologic,s website at www.hologic.com/investors-overview . An archive of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Novian Health Wins Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Novilase Interstitial Laser Ablation Therapy for Early-Stage Malignant Breast Tumors 2Novian Health Wins Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Novilase Interstitial Laser Ablation Therapy for Early-Stage Malignant Breast Tumors 3Novian Health Wins Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Novilase Interstitial Laser Ablation Therapy for Early-Stage Malignant Breast Tumors 4Novian Health Wins Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Novilase Interstitial Laser Ablation Therapy for Early-Stage Malignant Breast Tumors 5ResMed's Revolutionary Life Support Ventilation Platform -- Astral 100 and 150 Devices Now Available in the U.S. 2ResMed's Revolutionary Life Support Ventilation Platform -- Astral 100 and 150 Devices Now Available in the U.S. 3
... recognizes MedNet Solutions as the first QM Certified ... QualityMetric Incorporated announced today that MedNet Solutions, ... study management systems, is the first company to ... developed the QM Certified Scoring Partner program to ...
... Reports Significant Uptake of PlasmaBlade by U.S. Surgeons ... PEAK Surgical, Inc., a medical device company ... based on a proprietary technology, announced today several ... includes the PULSAR(R) Generator and the PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM) ...
Cached Medicine Technology:MedNet Solutions Certified to Score SF-12v2 Health Survey 2MedNet Solutions Certified to Score SF-12v2 Health Survey 3PEAK Surgical Announces Completion of First PRECISE Clinical Study, Receipt of Medical Design Excellence Award for PEAK(R) Surgery System and Achievement of Over 1,000 Surgeries Using PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM) 2PEAK Surgical Announces Completion of First PRECISE Clinical Study, Receipt of Medical Design Excellence Award for PEAK(R) Surgery System and Achievement of Over 1,000 Surgeries Using PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM) 3PEAK Surgical Announces Completion of First PRECISE Clinical Study, Receipt of Medical Design Excellence Award for PEAK(R) Surgery System and Achievement of Over 1,000 Surgeries Using PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM) 4
... magnifier is an easy to use, full ... so that the monitor (usually a ... magnifier and is not built in. This ... screen if desired in the future. Also ...
... Maxport is a powerful magnifier that helps the ... composed of a hand magnifier attached to a pair ... there is no need for a TV set. The ... magnify images on a book, a can of food, ...
... powerful, portable, hand-held digital magnifier designed for ... a computer mouse, Max connects directly to ... you to read newspapers, magazines, recipe cards ... any surface curved or straight. The optional ...
... Merlin is a superior full-color, auto-focus, ... vision user in mind, Merlin enables the ... black and white, high contrast positive or ... video magnifier, this optional feature enables the ...
Medicine Products: