• Question: if you get your genetics from your parents why do people say that you look more like your grandparents?

    Asked by bellabella1234 to Indi, Jarvist, John, Ken, Vicky on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Indi Ghangrekar

      Indi Ghangrekar answered on 19 Mar 2012:


      Because your genetics are also from your grandparents! You have 50% of your genes from Mum and 50% from Dad. Each of them got 50% from their Mum and 50% from their Dad. So, because of this the 50% you get from each of your parents is at the same time 25% from each of their parents! Does that make sense?

      Sometimes traits seems to skip generations too, that’s all linked to how certain characteristics are expressed because of how genes are passed on.

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