No Sense of Direction? Blame Mom and Dad
Study sees a genetic link to poor navigation skills
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 5:05 PM CST
A bad sense of direction may be in the genes.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – People who are forever getting lost might be able to blame their genes, thanks to a new study that suggests a genetic link to having a lousy sense of direction. Researchers discovered that people with the rare condition known as Williams syndrome—caused by damage to a particular chromosome—have difficulty reorienting themselves.

That's not to say that everyone with poor navigation skills has the syndrome, only that there's probably something going on that's deeper than being absent-minded about surroundings. "Now we know that, in general, genes can be deleted and we could see this impairment of orientation," says one researcher. MSNBC's The Body Odd blog has the full story here.

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Odoggy
Mar 5, 2010 2:40 PM CST
Where am I?
blues_junky
Mar 5, 2010 5:15 AM CST
My ex-wife could be standing in a room on the first floor of our house, and not be able to tell what room was directly above her. I always found that incredible.
finkster
Mar 5, 2010 1:31 AM CST
Well we blame Mom and Dad for everything...might as well add this to the list.