You are turning into your parents

As scientists have learnt from "nature versus nurture" studies on twins and adoptees, humans become more like our biological parents and other family members as we get older.
As scientists have learnt from "nature versus nurture" studies on twins and adoptees, humans become more like our biological parents and other family members as we get older.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

With so many family gatherings this time of year, many of us notice that our siblings are turning into our parents, and some of our partners' and friends' kids are turning into their parents.

That's no illusion. As scientists have learnt from "nature versus nurture" studies on twins and adoptees, humans become more like our biological parents and other family members as we get older.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'You are turning into your parents'. Print Edition | Subscribe