Genomic imprinting and the evolutionary psychology of human kinship


Haig D. Genomic imprinting and the evolutionary psychology of human kinship. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011;108 Suppl 2 :10878-85.

Date Published:

Jun 28


Genomic imprinting is predicted to influence behaviors that affect individuals to whom an actor has different degrees of matrilineal and patrilineal kinship (asymmetric kin). Effects of imprinted genes are not predicted in interactions with nonrelatives or with individuals who are equally related to the actor's maternally and paternally derived genes (unless a gene also has pleiotropic effects on fitness of asymmetric kin). Long-term mating bonds are common in most human populations, but dissolution of marriage has always affected a significant proportion of mated pairs. Children born in a new union are asymmetric kin of children born in a previous union. Therefore, the innate dispositions of children toward parents and sibs are expected to be sensitive to cues of marital stability, and these dispositions may be subject to effects of imprinted genes.


Haig, DavidengHoward Hughes Medical Institute/Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't2011/06/22 06:00Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jun 28;108 Suppl 2:10878-85. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1100295108. Epub 2011 Jun 20.

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