"It is no coincidence if we choose to get a dog or not. Our genes have a great importance for the choice, a new study shows."
" I had anticipated some genetic component, but I was surprised by how strong this component was, said lead researcher Tove Cases."
"the Swedish and british scientists wanted to examine whether there is a hereditary explanation as to why some choose to get a dog and the other not. The samkörde, therefore, the data from the Swedish twin registry with the Swedish hundägarregister."
"It turned out that identical twins, who have the same genetic make up, much more frequently made the same choice when it comes to hundägande than fraternal twins did. The conclusion is that the genes seem to account for more than half of the explanation. That the genes contributed so greatly surprised the study's lead author Tove Cases, a professor of molecular epidemiology at Uppsala university."
"– It may be a part slumpfaktorer and there are things in our environment that affect it. But clearly we are all influenced by our genetic make up – probably by our personality and factors such as allergies. Pure chance it is not, " she says."
"Why genes have such a strong impact it is not clear from the study. Tove Cases points out that it is not enough to like animals. It also happens to have conditions to take care of a dog."
"– in Particular in Sweden, it is quite difficult to keep the dog. It is not enough just to think about. One must also have the conditions economically, and to have a job that allows you to take care of the dog. You may not leave the dogs alone for more than six hours in Sweden. You must also may need to have some determination."
"the Results of the study raises a number of new questions. There is research that shows that hundägande is linked to good health, but perhaps it is not just a daily basis that enables the risk of cardiovascular disease decreases. May have the genetic make up that makes us to the probable owner of the dog also matters for your health?"
"Scientists are now going in depth to sort out the relationships."
" I think it was really exciting and we'll make a molecular genetic analysis to try to find which genes it is that have variations that affect in this the material from the twin registry. Then we'll look at a million markers across the whole genome, the entire dna code, and find out why it is like this, " says Tove Cases."
"– Then we must also reflect on how this affects the relationships we've seen between hundägande and improved health, " she adds."
"the Swedish and british researchers has examined the relationship between heredity and hundägande. This has occurred through the networking of the Swedish twin registry and Swedish hundägarregister. 35 000 pairs of twins included in the dossier."
"the Results show that identical twins in a higher degree, had taken the same decision regarding hundägande than what tvåäggstvillingarna had done. The researchers ' conclusion is that genes can explain more than fifty percent of why some dog owners and others are not."
"the Study is published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports."
"Source: Uppsala university"