Mom or Dad: which traits did you pick up in your development

October 5, 2020

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If you look at your kids, you can see a little bit of you and your spouse in their features. As for which traits are your and which are your spouses, well that's up to genetics.  The Royal Rumble of dominance is quite complicated but there are certain traits that you and your children develop based on either mom or dad. For instance, your metabolism is most likely inherited from mom.  As for how easily you gain weight, mostly likely, that's a trait pass along from dad (however it is important to remember that lifestyle plays a bigger part in weight than genetics). Puberty, and all the fun milestones that come along with it, is a rite of passage many children go through on their way to becoming an adult. But if you or your kids start(ed) puberty early (before 8 in girls and before 9 in boys), it is due to a gene you inherit from your father. Obviously the genes from you and your spouse determine the gender of your children. But did you know that which gender genes you pass on may be inherited from your father? This is how it works: A man with many brothers is more likely to have sons, while a man with many sisters is more likely to have daughters, according to a study. And you may have heard that male pattern baldness is due to an inherited trait from his mom’s side. Come to find out, at least according to these researchers, it is a myth. Researchers found 287 independent genetic signals that were linked to male-patterned hair loss and while 40 were only found on the X chromosome, meaning they were inherited on the maternal side, the rest were scattered throughout DNA inherited from both patterns.

SOURCE: Reader's Digest

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