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October 14 -- Is a good sense of humor genetic? Ask CAMERON!

Introduced: October 31 2015

A recent scientific study show that it just may be. But in the meantime Cameron and his very funny granddad are just having a great time. Read on to find out what the study showed.

 

Scientists revealed in a study published last June that people with a genetic variant of the gene 5-HTTLPR (serotonin-transporter-linked polymorphic region) are more likely to show positive expressions, including laughing and smiling. The research went deep enough to distinguish between real appreciation of humorous things and an artificial display of laughter at a humorous thing. So is it the same to appreciate "funny" and to be "funny"? We'll have to wait and see. To read more about the study: http://www.medicaldaily.com/laugh-out-loud-sense-humor-linked-genetic-variant-5-httlpr-335926

 

I researched genetics for my upcoming book Good to Be Grand because scientists know so much more about DNA than they used to. Human beings have 46 chromosomes and an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 genes, which means a possibility of 64,000,000,000,000 different combinations. So even dominant traits, such as dimples, curly hair, and freckles, don't guarantee any particular outcome.

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