As part of a Mother’s Day campaign, Bloom & Wild teamed up with Dr. Daniel Kelberman, from Great Ormond Street Institute to look at what genes are inherited from our parents, the study reveals if the cheating gene is actually inherited…
Bloom & Wild looked at the most frequent questions asked on google surrounding genetics and asked Dr. Daniel Kelberman, from Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health to bust these myths.
Is there such thing as a cheating gene?
Dr Kelberman says: “No – such behaviours are acquired and nothing to do with genetics.
“[Speaking generally about behaviour-related genetics], there are lots of studies on the genes involved in inheritance, most of which are contentious. There are potentially thousands of genes involved, and our estimates at present only account for a very small amount of what is inherited.”
This therefore means cheating is something you may act out with on your own and not inherited from your parents.
Is obesity caused by genes?
Dr Kelberman says: “There are many genes that have been implicated in increased BMI, but few rarely proven and the biological basis is unknown. Genetics is suggested to play a role, but quite a small one.
“There are rare forms of childhood onset obesity that are caused by mutation of a single gene, but these would be considered more of a rare disease than the phenomenon of increasing rates of obesity in the population.”
Where do our height genes come from?
Dr Kelberman’s says: “We share a quarter of the genes from our grandparents and half each from both our parents so, as an oversimplification, we are often approximately an average of our parents’ height. However, non-genetic factors also contribute (such as our diet, mother’s diet, or smoking during pregnancy).
“Height has quite a strong genetic component and several hundred genes are reported to be involved in determining adult height, therefore it’s very difficult to predict how tall a child will be.”
What determines the shape of our face?
Dr Kelberman’s answer: “Multiple genes are involved with the formation of the face, and subtle changes in the way these genes work is what makes us all look different. Some genes can influence different components of the face – for example the distance of the eyes from the nose, length and width of the nose, height of the mid part of the face or the forehead, and so on.”
Does the twin gene really skip a generation?
Dr Kelberman says: “There is no single gene for twinning. Some twins are random events that happen by chance. There are reports it can run in families and there may be a genetic reason for some women to release two eggs when they ovulate, but the reasons for this are not well known.
Sara Gordon, VP of Brand and Design and Bloom&Wild Said: “As our study shows, we inherit a lot of our features but also our personality from our Mother’s, this time of year is perfect is to honour them for this. Whether that is through a large or small gesture be sure to make your Mum feel special this Mother’s Day”.