You might not want to tell your father this because it will leave him devastated, but science has to do its job and shocked us yet again with a ground-breaking, jaw-dropping finding. Researchers have discovered that we inherit our intelligence exclusively from our mothers, and the reason is pretty obvious. Let me explain the details.
The X chromosome plays an important role
According to Dr. Keith Witt, the feminine X chromosome that children inherit is responsible for their intelligence. A chromosome is a DNA structure that carries many genes. A persons gender is made by the combination of chromosomes. Women carry 2 X chromosomes and men carry 1 X and 1 Y.
This recent finding has sparked a debate in the scientific community. Genetics is a versatile field and a lot a research is being conducted just to disprove another finding. But this is what science is all about. I’m not saying we should process everything that is being presented to us, but we should learn to be flexible to new knowledge.
And for most of us popping popcorn and watching the scientific cat fight, I must say it’s quite entertaining. This study is also very intriguing and will probably provide fuel for further research.
The role of X and Y
I am trying to sound my best like it’s not science 101, but we need to brush over some genetic facts so you can get a grasp of the terms in this article.
Chromosomes are structures of DNA in which the genes are packed. They are the carriers of genetic information.
We all carry two chromosomes in every cell (yes, IN EACH OF THE MILLIONS OF CELLS).
Women have 2 X chromosomes, while men have 1 X and 1 Y chromosome.
You got this far? You’re doing great!
A special category of genes called conditioned genes are inherited from both our parents, but our intelligence seems to be linked with the conditioned genes from our mother. An experiment on lab mice showed that when the mice were injected with an extra dose of maternal conditioned genes, they developed larger brains, but had smaller bodies. When they injected paternal conditioned genes, they developed larger bodies, but had smaller heads.
A mother’s bond
Mothers also play an important role in the non-genetics part of intelligence as well. Some studies suggest that the bond between a mother and child is tied to the development of cognitive abilities.
Researchers at Washington University have found that the bond between a mother and her child is important for the development of special regions of the child’s brain. The study also made incredible findings.
Kids that had a strong emotional bond with their mothers had a larger than average developed hippocampus (by more than 10 percent) by the age of 13, when compared to kids that were emotionally distant from their mothers. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that manages stress, memory and learning.
To sum it up, this study shows how mother’s are the genetic carriers of intelligence. Not only that, but a strong emotional bond with them will cause regions that control memory and learning to better develop in our brains. Thank you moms for everything!
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