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Sing a Song of Genes

Is music in your DNA? Researchers at King's College London are trying to find out if a person's musical ability is dictated by his genes, according to the New Scientist's Culture Lab blog. The researchers are looking at the differences between singers and non-singers, focusing on the arginine vasopressin receptor 1A gene, which supposedly influences a person's ability as a performer, says the blog's Sandrine Ceurstemont.

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