Musical ability is connected to genes

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Those clever scientific people are at it again: this time, in what has been touted as the first study of its kind, geneticists have discovered that musical ability is connected to genes.

A team of Finnish and American geneticists (that's people who study genes) gathered together 234 subjects spanning several generations of 15 families. Their musical skill was put to the test including their ability to keep a beat and measure a pitch.

Scientific American reports on the findings: "The chromosomal regions that were found to be connected to music are known to be involved in the migration of neurons during development. And the study also found that the musical DNA overlapped with a region associated with dyslexia.That finding suggests that language and music have a common evolutionary background".

What this really means is that our musical prowess (or lack of) is just another thing we have to thank (or hate) our parents for. Thanks mum.

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).