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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  • justagirl

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

    • justagirl

      humans… and their FILTHY…  friENdshiPPP!!!

      ~zim

  • justagirl

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

  • Jordan

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

  • Jordan

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

  • Bartleby

    Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  • Bartleby

    Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  • justagirl

    humans… and their FILTHY…  friENdshiPPP!!!

    ~zim