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What do you want in a spouse? Genetic similarity may help

Published on May 20, 2014 6:33 AM
 
A wedding couple of tourists pose for their own photographer at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on May 16, 2014. People tend to choose spouses who have similar DNA, according to scientists who reported on Monday, May 19, 2014, the results of a study exploring the genetic resemblance of married couples. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - He leaves the toilet seat up, prefers old Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fancies mixed martial arts over ballet. So what do you have in common with your husband?

More than you may think.

People tend to choose spouses who have similar DNA, according to scientists who reported on Monday, May 19, 2014, the results of a study exploring the genetic resemblance of married couples.

The researchers examined the genetic blueprints of 825 US married couples and found a significant preference for a spouse with DNA similarities across the entire human genome.

 
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