Human Body

15 Fascinating Genetic Traits Most People Don't Realize Are Actually Inherited

We're talking about things passed down from your ancestors here, not that five bucks you found in your jeans last week. Thanks to your genes, there are all sorts of things you are genetically predisposed in favor of or against. From what age you lose your virginity to whether or not you like certain foods, genes play a huge role in who you are.

Genes aren't just about your parents, either. All of your ancestral heritage can play a role in how your genes come out. From your great-grandparents to that estranged aunt, all of your blood relatives have theoretically played a part in your genetic makeup. Of course, when it comes down to it, mom and dad are the two biggest contributors.

That could be a great thing if you have to highly athletic or intellectually gifted parents, but it also means you can inherit your parents' genetic flaws. All kinds of diseases, syndromes, illnesses, and more are passed down through your genes. Sometimes you'll get lucky and avoid them, other times not.

The fact is, science is still unclear on exactly what genes control. There is a lot known about genes and genetic makeup, but there are still plenty of unknowns as well.

For now, enjoy this list of weird traits you inherited thanks to your genes.