A Genetic Link Between Face and Brain Shape
Published in Bioprinting, Brain/Neurology.
Researchers have identified 76 overlapping genetic locations that determine the shapes of our faces and our brains. The genetic signals that influence face and brain shape are enriched by regions of the genome that regulate gene activity during embryogenesis.
Source: KU Leuven
An interdisciplinary team led by KU Leuven and Stanford has identified 76 overlapping genetic locations that shape both our face and our brain. What the researchers didn’t find is evidence that this genetic overlap also predicts someone’s behavioural-cognitive traits or risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. This means that the findings help to debunk several persistent pseudoscientific claims about what our face reveals about us.