Study Finds Possible Link Between Genes and Friendship

Could your genes help decide the friends you choose? BBC News reports:

Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship.

Using data from two independent studies, they found carriers of one gene associated with alcoholism tended to stick together.

However, people with another gene linked with metabolism and openness, stayed apart.

Details are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers looked at six genetic markers in two long-running US studies, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the Framingham Heart Study, which contain both genetic data and information on friends.

[Continues at BBC News]

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8 Responses to Study Finds Possible Link Between Genes and Friendship

  1. justagirl January 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

    • justagirl June 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      humans… and their FILTHY…  friENdshiPPP!!!

      ~zim

  2. justagirl January 18, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

  3. Jordan January 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Two people with the “alcoholism gene” stick together? Proof that they have something else in common other than their genes. These researchers are reaching.

  4. Jordan January 18, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Two people with the “alcoholism gene” stick together? Proof that they have something else in common other than their genes. These researchers are reaching.

  5. Bartleby January 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  6. Bartleby January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  7. justagirl June 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    humans… and their FILTHY…  friENdshiPPP!!!

    ~zim

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