150526 FriendsIf you’ve ever thought of your circle of friends as a second family, you may be on to something. A new study has found that on a population-wide level friends are more closely related to each other than strangers. Published in the in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study indicated that friends who are not biologically related, may be similar to each other genetically. The study team pointed out that there are numerous advantages to having a friend with a genetic resemblance, such as having the same instincts or abilities for a particular situation. “The first mutant to speak needed someone else to speak to,” Fowler said. “The ability is useless if there’s no one who shares it. These types of traits in people are a kind of social network effect.”

Finally, the researchers noted that similar genes between friends seem to be evolving quicker than other genes. They said this may explain why human evolution appears to have accelerated over the last 30,000 years, and they indicate that the social ecosystem itself is an evolutionary drive. “It seems that our fitness depends not only on our own genetic constitutions, but also on the genetic constitutions of our friends,” Christakis said. “What we’re reporting is the difference between people who are friends, and people who could be friends, all from the same ancestry,” said study researcher James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics at the University of California, San Diego. 150526 Birds“It’s as if we were surrounding ourselves with a new family,” Fowler says. “It’s the family we chose, rather than the family we’re born with.”

We have always heard about the saying “Birds of a feather flock together,” which fits the discussion exactly. IMT speaks of the fact that everything that happens, happens only in one way and our initial conditions define our result. Natural laws define everything that happens in a person’s life. As per IMT, the Who is on my molecule (WIOMM) chart explains the fact that a person can be assessed from who is on his or her molecule or the people around a person can be used to determine what type of a person he or she is. It is always said that a person gets attracted to or talks to a person he or she feels is more like him or her and shares the same thoughts. Thus, this case study can be used to discuss a very important part of IMT, WIOMM, which in particular identifies how to accurately understand who a person is based on the people surrounding the person.

Source

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113191449/friends-linked-by-genetics-not-strangers-071514/
http://www.livescience.com/46791-friends-share-genes.html
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/dna-friendship-study-finds-we-are-genetically-linked-our-friends-1456676
http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/14/health/friends-genetic-link/
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/14/331354227/do-we-choose-our-friends-because-they-share-our-genes

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  1. Scott Jones

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    This is extraordinarily interesting to think about. I’m curious as to how far back this trend goes? Can this be linked to the nomadic families who traveled together before humans developed agriculture and settled? If not, how far back can this be traced?

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