New studies have shown that children get most of their genes from their maternal grandmothers, and honestly, I believe it without even seeing proof! It’s been two years since my maternal grandmother passed away, and upon digging out her old photos when she died, we discovered a photo of her when she was my age. The resemblance is striking!
The research shows that we inherit DNA, temperament, tastes, and even emotions from our maternal grandmothers. Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean essayist, offered this research after writing a book called Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery Through Psychomagic and the Family Tree. It explains the genetic influence that maternal grandmothers have on their grandchildren.
Why we look like our maternal grandmothers
Alejandro explains that it’s not uncommon for genes to skip generations, meaning that genes from our grandmother skip our mothers and get passed down to the grandchild (3rd generation) of the bunch. This is why some children might look more like their grandmother, or even their aunts or uncles, than they do their own parents!
Even if they don’t look like a spitting image of their grandmother, some children can have a small blemish, the same smile, or even mannerisms that mirror their grandparent.
Research conducted from scientists at the University of Cambridge has proven that the genetic bond between the grandmother and the grandchild comes from the X-chromosome. With that being said, grandmothers will pass 25% of their X-chromosomes to all of their grandchildren, allowing them to inherit those genes.
Alejandro also states that grandchildren can inherit emotional experiences from their maternal grandmothers. This means that the emotions that the grandmother feels while pregnant with the grandchild’s mom can be passed onto any future grandchildren. This is because emotional information is recorded in the DNA.
This means you might also share the same emotions as your grandmother. Can you think of any that you might share with yours?
Interested in learning more about your DNA and family genetics? Check out this interesting video that explains it all!