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Scientists Look for the Genes That Determine Beauty

In a study published this month in PLOS Genetics , lead author Qiongshi Lu, assistant professor in the department of statistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his colleagues used attractiveness scores to locate and identify several genes correlated to facial attractiveness in 4,383 individuals.

In order to rate attractiveness, the researchers asked volunteers, or “coders,” to score yearbook photos of individuals on a scale from “not at all attractive” to “extremely attractive.” Each coder looked at 12 photos.

The attractiveness scores in hand, the researchers then compared the coders’ rating scores to each person’s genetic makeup, looking for correlations or crossover genes.

Amid that genetic information they found a “handful of candidate genes.”

They also found that those genes varied by sex.

In females, the genetic variations that most closely related to facial attractiveness were linked to genes that affect body mass, or the measure of a person’s weight and height.

Have you ever been duped by the claims of health supplements,beauty products or gadgets?

The health benefit claims from the makers of these probiotic drinking yoghurts have been overwhelmingly dismissed by a team of scientists at the European Food Safety Authority.

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