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23 September 2010

Maternal gene linked to selfishness

If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbour, it could be your mother's fault.

If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbour, it could be your mother's fault.

A report of their research is published in the journal Evolution. Úbeda and Gardner developed an evolutionary mathematical model that examined the consequences of ancestral women's tendency to follow their mates and raise their children among people they are not related to. They found this behaviour spurs a conflict between mom and dad genes in a juvenile over how it should act in society.

 
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