2014-07-24 14:47:38 by Public Relations staff, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Have you ever looked at your child and wondered where all that curly hair came from? Or why only one of your kids seems to be musically inclined? Or why your family photos look like a sea of freckles?
The answer is in your genes – and your environment.
But genetic traits are not as simple as dominant and recessive as most of us learned in high school biology class, according to Joleen Viront, a licensed genetic counselor at Akron Children’s Hospital.
“There are typically multiple genes involved in a singular outcome and when you add the environmental factor on top of that it becomes very hard to pinpoint a reason for something,” she said. “The more we understand about genetics the more we learn we’re not looking for just one gene.”
There are countless combinations of genetic and environmental factors that make each one of us truly unique. But there are basic explanations behind some of the most common observable human characteristics:
The list could go on and on. Some traits like eye color, freckles and dimples are primarily determined through genes while other traits like athleticism, body type and personality can be greatly impacted by a person’s environment.
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