Many parents like to claim responsibility for their children’s positive traits. It’s not uncommon to here a mom or dad say “My son gets his intelligence from me!” Well, science has proven that only the moms are actually allowed to say that.
We have to apologize to the fathers of the world, as the findings of this latest scientific study might not be what you want to hear!
The study, led by Dr. Keith Witt, has allegedly revealed that humans get their intelligence from the genes contained within the X chromosome, otherwise known as the feminine chromosome. This basically means that if a child is smart, it’s probably thanks to his/her mom.
These findings come as quite a surprise, as people have generally believed that the inheritance of intelligence is shared equally between the genes of the mother and the father. But, before we go any further, let’s just say that the study isn’t 100% certain. It’s a theory, and there is evidence to back it up, but we can’t be sure of anything just yet.
So let’s look a little closer at the science involved in all of this.
Beginning with the basics, we all have a pair of chromosomes in each of our cells. Chromosomes are basically made up of genetic material and tell our cells how to grow and behave. Women have two X chromosomes, while men have an X and a Y.
The study itself involved the use of genetically-modified mice. By giving maternal genes to certain mice, scientists saw that these animals would develop larger skulls and brains. Meanwhile, the mice that were given paternal genes had smaller brains, but larger bodies.
Put simply, the mice that received genes from females were proven to have higher intellect, showing that the mom’s genes play a big part in influencing brain development.
Other studies in the past have also provided similar results, so this theory really could turn out to be true.
What do you think about this? It’s fascinating to imagine that, on a genetic level, moms can have such a big influence on the potential of their kids. It’s also important to remember that the ways in which we raise and teach our children can also shape the people they grow up to be.
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