Genetically, Close Friends Like Distant Cousins
Study claims close friends share 1% of their genetic makeup
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Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new study from authors at Yale and the University of California San Diego says we share a bit of DNA with our close friends. The study claims close friends share 1% of their genetic makeup. That's about the same similarity as fourth cousins—or those who have the same great, great, great grandparents. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at 1,932 people and compared 1.5 million genetic markers.

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Jeff Haugan
Jul 16, 2014 12:21 PM CDT
uuuummmm, so there was an article here, someplace? maybe? Did I miss it?????
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shona browne
Jul 15, 2014 10:29 PM CDT
This is an excellent example of why one needs to pick their studies carefully and not give credence to everything calling itself a study.