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27 March, 17:00

Isn't he a genius? Scientists have studied Beethoven's DNA

Isn't he a genius? Scientists have studied Beethoven's DNA
A recent study conducted by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics and the Institute for Psycholinguistics, revealed unknown details about the abilities of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

In their study, the scientists focused on genetic features that may be related to musicality, in particular, the tendency to synchronize rhythms, which is an important component of musical giftedness. By analyzing the DNA of the famous composer Beethoven, they calculated a "polygenic index" of the genetic predisposition to synchronize rhythms.

It turned out that Beethoven had a low score compared to the other studied samples. This may seem surprising given his unparalleled contribution to the world of music. However, scientists emphasize that this does not mean that the composer lacks musical talent. Rather, it highlights the complexity of genetic factors influencing musical ability at the individual level.
An important conclusion of the study is that musical abilities are formed due to the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Genetics certainly play a role in shaping musicality, but the accuracy of predicting such abilities based on DNA remains limited. Musical giftedness, like many complex personality traits, is the result of the interaction of numerous factors.

Such studies are important for understanding the nature of musical abilities and their relationship with genetics. They open the door to further conclusions, helping to view music through the lens of science.

Source: cell.com

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