Gene for my awesomeness found

Oops. That headline is supposed to read “Gene for left-handedness found”, but sometimes, my self-proclamations of awesomeness just escape before I can stop them.

Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed.

See. Simple story. Simple quote. Here’s a kick-in-the-pants, though.

The Oxford University-led team believe carrying the gene may also slightly raise the risk of developing psychotic mental illness such as schizophrenia.

What? So since I’m a lefty, I’m more likely to go all wacko? Great.

The full article discusses a bit more on the gene LRRTM1 and how it appears to play in assymetry of the brain, hemisphere assignment for speech and emotions, and potential effect as a contributor to schizophrenia. So much from one little series of markers.

[tags]Gene for handedness, Lefty could increase chance of crazy?[/tags]