A medical study by Finnish scientists is suggesting that genes that influence the structure of auditory pathways could play a significant role in musical ability. The study, published online on March 11 in Molecular Psychiatry , is looking into identifying specific variations in gene that is linked in sensory perception. Robert Bilder, director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, at the University of California, Los Angeles, notes that even with the suggestion, there is still, “a lot of intervening, messy biology between these genetic differences and the ultimate traits that fascinate us all, and are associated with musical genius”.
How does this apply to deafness? In a number of ways, if the genetic differences can be discovered and find a link between genes and the structures of auditory pathways, it is possible that deafness can be cured.
However, for now, it’s about understanding how genes could play a significant role in musical ability.
Borenstein said other genes are involved, too. “Musical ability isn’t based on one gene like eye color. It isn’t blue or brown. It’s a complex set of genes of which they studied a few associated with musical aptitude.”
Yet, imagine what could be done if scientist figured out the connection between genes and musical abilities,
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