Home Health Do you like nature ? It may be in your genes!

Do you like nature ? It may be in your genes!

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International researchers recently set out to assess the influence of genetic and environmental factors in an individual’s appreciation for nature. “Experiences related to nature are associated with mental and physical health, they recall in the preamble”. And to emphasize: “mDespite the importance of understanding what determines the individual variations in nature-related experience, the role of genes has been neglected“.

To analyze genetic and environmental influences in a person’s appreciation and orientation to nature, scientists recruited 1,153 ‘pairs’ of British identical and fraternal twins. They had to answer questions about their connection with naturetheir choice to live in more or less urbanized areas, but also how long and how often they visit green spaces (public parks, private gardens, etc.). The team then performed genetic sequencing. The results were published in the journal PLOS Biology at the beginning of February (source 1).

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Heredity impacts our taste for nature

According to the results, identical twins (monozygotic), who have identical genetic information, tended to give the same answers concerning their taste for nature and the frequency of their walks. The responses of fraternal (dizygotic) twins, who share about 50% of their genetic material, were more divergent.

The study provides the first evidence of a genetic component both in our predispositions towards nature and in our tendency to visit natural spaces, the researchers insist.

The researchers also note that environmental factors explain more than half of the differences between individuals. People who live in an urban environment tend to have fewer nature-related experiences, due for example to limited access to green spaces.

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