Studying genes related to quality of life can be complicated, but the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed researchers at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, to investigate whether this worldwide stressful event is similar. affect a person’s genetics to affect their overall health.
New study, published in open access journal PLOS genetics, screened the genomes of more than 27,000 participants in the Netherlands.
They then looked for associations between genetic variations and participants’ responses to a 10-month series of lifestyle, mental and physical health questionnaires, starting Beginning March 2020.
The researchers found that
Some individuals have a genetic predisposition towards happiness better than others during a pandemic.
In addition, as the pandemic continued, they found that genetic predispositions had an increasingly strong influence on how those people viewed their quality of life, possibly due to social isolation caused by strict containment measures of Covid-19.
Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that the contribution of genetics to complex traits such as happiness can change over time.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is a unique opportunity to investigate the impact of genetics on happiness in a time when we must be socially isolated,” said Robert Warmerdam.
He added: “We found that it was during the stressful first year of the pandemic that our nature had a relative impact on how we value our lives.