10 Traits You May Not Know About Genetics | Interests

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Although the longstanding debate between nature and nurture is often presented as one dominating the other, scientists today know that it is not so simple: nature and nurture interact in complex way.

You probably already know that your parents and family background play a big role in determining your physical characteristics, from your hair color to your height. But did you know that genetics also influence some of your personality traits? To create a list of traits that have some of their origins in genetics, Top10.com gathered information from scientific journals such as Nature Genetics and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Today, more is often known about the genetic component of inherited diseases such as hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder, and Huntington’s disease, a degenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain. But according to a study published in Nature Genetics, more is being discovered about how traits like extraversion, creativity and compassion may also have correlations with specific genetic variants.

We’ve only scratched the surface of what genetics can tell us about who we are, but researchers hope that with more studies, we’ll learn more about how psychological traits are influenced by genetics and environmental factors. Here are 10 physical and psychological traits that researchers have determined have some of their origins tied to genetics.

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