Study Reveals How Maternal Grandmothers Affect The DNA of Children

The bond between a child and their grandmother is something special and unique. No other family member can have that connection and bond. We all know this to be true and now we have some studies that give us an idea why that happens.

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We look to our grandmothers for advice because we have a stronger connection to her than our own mothers. This is because she understands us better. Grandparents raised our own parents and we naturally take after them so our grandparents have a head start in knowing what we’re like and our wants and needs are.

1The study reveals

Did you know that the genes you received while in your mother’s womb actually came from your grandmother? Yes, according to Chilean essayist, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book titled ‘Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery Through Psychomagic and the Family Tree’ a majority of genes a child receives while in the womb comes from the grandmother and not the mother.

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2But which grandmother?

You might be thinking that the genes acquired come from both grandmothers but the truth of the matter is that it is mostly from the maternal grandmother and not their paternal grandmothers. This was all explained in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book. He also explains that genes can skip generations and go directly from grandparent to grandchild.

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3Difference between maternal vs paternal

If you didn’t know your paternal grandparents or even paternal relatives are always on your father’s side of the family. Your maternal grandparents and relatives come from your mother’s side of your family. There have been many studies that have shown maternal grandparents having a stronger connection with grandchildren than paternal grandparents.

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4Something special that only our grandmothers give us

The main reason why we have a stronger emotional and even genetic connection to our grandmother is that she gave birth to our mother who gave birth to us. This is how we inherit their DNA. In many countries and cultures, the grandmother is given the responsibility of the newborn child along with the mother.

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5Genes getting passed down

It is a known fact that genes don’t always get passed down directly. There is often a chance that genes can skip an entire generation. This is why some grandchildren look nothing like their parents and look similar to their grandparents. This has scientific evidence to back it up from years of research.

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