Navigation Links
Are dancers genetically different than the rest of us? Yes, says Hebrew University researcher

What makes dancers different than the rest of us? Genetic variants, says a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In a study published in the American journal, Public Library of Science Genetics, Psychology Prof. Richard P. Ebstein and his research associates have shown, through DNA examination, that dancers show consistent differences in two key genes from the general population. Ebstein is the head of the Hebrew University Psychology Department's Scheinfeld Center for Human Genetics in the Social Sciences.

This finding is not surprising, says Ebstein, in view of other studies of musicians and athletes, which also have shown genetic differences.

Ebstein and his colleagues found in an examination of 85 dancers and advanced dancing students in Israel variants of two genes that provide the code for the serotonin transporter and arginine vasopressin receptor 1a.

Both genes are involved in the transmission of information between nerve cells. The serotonin transporter regulates the level of serotonin, a brain transmitter that contributes to spiritual experience, among many other behavioral traits. The vasopressin receptor has been shown in many animal studies to modulate social communication and affiliative bonding behaviors. Both are elements involved in the age-old human social expression of dancing.

The genetic evidence was corroborated by two questionnaires distributed by the researchers to the dancers. One is the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS), that correlates aspects of spirituality and altered states of consciousness, and the other is the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ), a measure of the need for social contact and openness to communication.

The genetic and questionnaire results of the dancers were compared with those of two other groups examined ?athletes as well as those who were both non-dancers and non-athletes. (Athletes were chosen for comparison since they require a good deal o
'"/>

Source:The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. How can identical twins be genetically different?
2. Researchers report technique for freezing and preserving genetically enhanced pig embryos
3. Researchers create genetically matched embryonic stem cells for transplantation
4. Science researchers genetically transform immune cells into tumor fighters
5. Scientists genetically engineer tomatoes with enhanced folate content
6. Scientists discover how fish evolved to float at different sea depths
7. Treatments have same target, different responses for lung cancer patients with genetic mutation
8. Genetics links whale to two different ocean basins
9. Stem cells bring fast direct improvement, without differentiation, in acute renal failure
10. Tiny roundworms telomeres help scientists to tease apart different types of aging
11. Tissue regeneration operates differently than expected
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/15/2014)... our ability to assess the pandemic risk from strains ... we must not allow ourselves to become complacent that ... international consortium of scientists. , Influenza pandemics arise when ... yet to develop widespread immunity – spreads in the ... the past 100 years, the worst of which – ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as a full ... to maintain a significant nationwide standing in the ... of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a full ... the national and international competition for the best ... can be proud that Mainz University has been ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... increased resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female mice to ... , Females are naturally more resistant to respiratory infections ... shown that increased resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female ... 3 (NOS3). They also show that this enzyme is ... hormone estrogen. , The team, lead by Professor Lester ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists 'must not become complacent' when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 3
... light on the multi-decade debate about how the brain knows where ... watch your legs and feet when you walk. Your brain knows ... how the brain achieves this: , (1) the outflow hypothesis says ... them how strongly to contract, and uses this to predict where ...
... shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic endowments going ... seems to be a flood of viruses, MIT scientists ... W. Chisholm, is uncovering a challenging new facet of ... exploit changing conditions such as altered light, temperature and ...
... the brain enhances long-term storage of fearful memories ... of Medicine researchers report this week in Nature ... demonstrate evidence of enhancements in memory reconsolidation in ... associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. "Understanding ...
Cached Biology News:How does the brain know what the right hand is doing? 2MIT: Oceans are a major gene swap-meet for plankton 2MIT: Oceans are a major gene swap-meet for plankton 3MIT: Oceans are a major gene swap-meet for plankton 4Activation of a protein solidifies fear memory in the brain 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... 21, 2014 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments introduces ... tool for the pain management and clinical markets. The ... and review by allowing users to highlight and review ... , QuantAnalytics allows analysts to filter results by group ... processing by eliminating the need to sift through analytes ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 Grace Century, a private equity ... announces the addition of Dr. Yousef “Josh” Siddiqui ... team. Dr. Siddiqui will provide further healthcare expertise to ... of University College Medical School in the ... in 2001. With further certification as a General Practitioner ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ... its Oral Amphotericin B program.  The company recently ... work involving samples from HIV/AIDS patients exposed ... pre clinical studies and regulatory filings to move ... utilizing approximately $700,000 of funding and technological advice ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... The report “Pharmacy Automation Systems Market ... Labeling Systems, Table-top Counters) by End-user (Inpatient Pharmacy ... Trends to 2019” analyzes and studies the major ... Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World ... figures spread through 300 pages and in-depth TOC ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Shimadzu Releases QuantAnalytics Open Access LCMS Software Package for Clinical Applications 2Dr. Yousef Siddiqui joins the Grace Century Advisory Team 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Advancement of Oral Amphotericin B Program 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Advancement of Oral Amphotericin B Program 3Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Pharmacy Automation Systems Market worth $4,566.2 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4
... Sciences,Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADLS ) a biopharmaceutical company ... in the,therapeutic areas of infection, cancer and respiratory diseases, ... Bank to increase,its line of credit from $4 million ... by 12 months to January 1, 2011. The closing ...
... Biotech Inc. (TSX:,ONC, NASDAQ: ONCY) today announced ... Oncolytic Reovirus (REOLYSIN(R)) in Combination with,Carboplatin/Paclitaxel in ... in the November/December issue of the Journal ... Society for Biological Therapy of,Cancer (iSBTc). The ...
... 23 Schering-Plough,Corporation (NYSE: SGP ) ... has met the primary endpoint in a ... administered as a,fast-dissolving sublingual tablet, is a ... The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Advanced Life Sciences Completes Debt Transaction 2Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Collaborators to Present Combination REOLYSIN(R) and Paclitaxel/Carboplatin Results at iSBTc Annual Meeting 2Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Collaborators to Present Combination REOLYSIN(R) and Paclitaxel/Carboplatin Results at iSBTc Annual Meeting 3Asenapine Meets Primary Endpoint in Long-Term Schizophrenia Relapse Prevention Trial 2
...
... glycerol stocks contained in standard 96-well microtiter ... with approximately 5,000 clones per plate. After ... well, the corresponding subplate is screened with ... positive well(s). Cells from a positive well ...
... benchmark for analytical performance ... and the ultimate in analytical,performance, ... Varian 810-MS features include: , ... minimize,interferences, providing reliable, routine, trace ...
... A full-featured high-performance ICP-MS system designed ... sampling interface, Omega II off-axis ion lens, ... the 7500a can handle the widest range ... 2003, the 7500a now includes as standard ...
Biology Products: