Genetics studies reveal unexpected ways dad's genes influence their kids
It's basic biology – about half of your genes come from mom. The other half comes from dad. Each copy is called an allele.
54 - 60%
A 2015 study found that the paternal allele was more highly expressed in 54 to 60 percent of genes in mice.
"It is in the interest of our father to make us strong and endow us with enough energy resources, so that is to favor white fat development."
“All this has led to the litters to have inherited the greater capacity of learning and memory of the running parents.”
A 2018 mouse study showed that these changes can persist for one or more generations.
Maternal smoking has also been linked to ADHD development in kids. This study and others suggest both parents' habits are an influence.
“Our study shows that paternal nicotine exposure can be deleterious [cause harm] for the offspring in multiple generations."
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