Could the number of children you have be determined by your DNA? Researchers at the University of Oxford has discovered that the number of children we may have could already be in our DNA. The research team has unveiled twelve areas in our unique DNA sequence that are all linked with the age at which we have our first child and the eventual size of our family.
The research sought to discover what makes one person more likely than another to feel lonely, even in the same situation, and the findings reveal that loneliness appears to be a “modestly heritable” trait.
Rubbish news of the day alert: new research suggests that the so-called obesity gene is not to blame for your inability to shift the pounds. When scientists revealed the existence of a ‘fat gene’ it provided some with a handy opportunity to attribute weight gain to their DNA. Because according to science the obesity gene is not tipping the scale against you in the battle of the bulge.
New research reveals we get our intelligence from our mums [Photo: Krewr Studio via Pexels] You know the age-old saying about getting your intelligence from your mother. Because according to science you get all your smarts from your mother dearest (whether you like it or not!) New research featured in Psychology Spot and reported by Good Housekeeping says babies are born with conditioned genes that work differently depending on whether they’re from your mum or your dad. Allow us to explain the science bit, for anyone who switched off during biology, or who listened but didn’t get it anyway (blame your mother!) You see, intelligence genes are located in the X chromosome and since women carry two, that means children are twice as likely to get their intelligence from their mum. “Obviously, other genes work the opposite, are activated only if they come from the father.” Like mother like daughter [Photo: unsplash.com via Pexels] Still not convinced you and your mum are an intelligence match?