Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Antfolk, Jan
Organisation ŇA
Project title Intra-Genomic Conflicts and Social Decision-Making in Humans
Decision No. 298513
Decision date 29.04.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019
Funding 294 058
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Project description
Contrary to earlier beliefs, the remarkable discovery of genomic imprinting shows that alleles inherited from the father and alleles inherited from the mother can be expressed differently and be in evolutionary conflict over which social behavior they promote. While natural selection of paternal alleles promotes behavior beneficial favors paternal relatives, natural selection of maternal alleles favors maternal relatives. Because most of our relatives are either maternal or paternal relatives, this pattern of conflict may have widespread effects on understanding our social behavior. Moreover, recent studies in animals suggest that this genetic conflict is part of normal cognitive development. In the proposed research I will test how genetic imprinting influences social behavior in humans. The results may open up for the counter-intuitive idea that in many situations the self is inherently and genetically divided with regards to decisions on how to best treat our family members.