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In the PNAS Early Edition this week, Harvard University's David Haig discusses the impact of genomic imprinting on human behaviors, specifically related to kinship after the dissolution of a long-term mating bond. "The innate dispositions of children toward parents and sibs are expected to be sensitive to cues of marital stability, and these dispositions may be subject to effects of imprinted genes," Haig says.

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