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  

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:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the ... today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. ... To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. ... you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in southern Oregon, ... health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to create AccentCare ... company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight years. This ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System ... of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by ... Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, ... of bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced ... influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... to seasonal influenza and presents a challenge ... prior exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform for environmental, social ... annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report ... based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across the ... ... ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the global leader ... pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. ... Board of Directors and Chairman of Advisory Board ... science companies to manage their entire validation lifecycle ... in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS enables rigorous ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: