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]

8 Comments on "Study Finds Possible Link Between Genes and Friendship"

  1. justagirl | Jan 18, 2011 at 2:11 am |

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

  2. justagirl | Jan 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm |

    D: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MEEEEEE????

  3. 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. 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. Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  6. Alcoholic beverages definitely make my friends more likable.

  7. justagirl | Jun 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm |

    humans… and their FILTHY…  friENdshiPPP!!!

    ~zim

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