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March 18, 2005

Genes contribute to religious inclination

Topics: Faith

Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time.                                            

Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialisation - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness.

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The Nature of God
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Posted by Hyscience at March 18, 2005 9:46 AM



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