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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spouses tend to have DNA that is more similar to one another than to a different randomly selected person, according to a new study from the University of Colorado-Boulder published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers utilized 825 couples, comparing their genome to their spouse's and then to two other people who were randomly selected. Couples were more likely to be similar to one another than to the people with whom they were randomly paired. "It's well known that people marry folks who are like them," study lead author Benjamin Domingue said. "But there's been a question about whether we mate at random with respect to genetics."


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great. another "gay marriage" thread...

#1 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-05-21 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Almost went on date with a girl in jr high.

Discovered in college that we're sixth cousins.

Weirdest thing about it is we knew we liked each other as people but the idea of dating didn't feel right.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-21 08:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

"It's well known that people marry folks who are like them,"


#4 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-21 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

#4 There may be more to what you're saying that you think. The study first looked at married couples, who as a whole have a tendency to marry within their own race, and then compared their DNA to two randomly selected people. You could argue that the odds of randomly selecting someone of another race is higher than the odds that the couples would be interracial. That alone could skew results. I wonder if they considered that in their findings.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-05-22 07:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Was surprised by this - I had always figured that people would automatically be attracted to people who had at least a certain minimal difference from themselves genetically out of a natural drive for variation.

#6 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-22 08:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

T&A out, DNA in.

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-22 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

T&A out, DNA in.

#8 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-22 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Would someone tell me what good that study was?

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-22 09:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

If you can't keep it in your pants, keep it in the family.

#10 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-05-22 10:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

Extremely disappointed by the lack of West Virginia hillbilly jokes guys. You all are slipping!

#11 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-05-22 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was going to make a British royal family joke, Bartimus, but you stole my thunder.

#13 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-23 12:58 AM | Reply | Flag:


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