Hits & Misses – 2009/02/04

A little dirt is actually good for kids.

Children raised in an ultraclean environment are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits.

Another result of genes: your friends.

Your genetic background may help determine not only how many people count you as a friend, but also how many of your friends are friends among themselves.

The "Sitting Disease."

A desk-bound man or woman takes only 5,000 to 6,000 steps a day. That compares with about 18,000 steps a day for the average man and 14,000 for a woman in an Amish community.

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  1. Bret says:

    Like the post on dirt. Children play in dirt quite naturally. There must be some evolutionary advantage for doing so, or they wouldn’t do it.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Friends are in our genes. IQ is in our genes. Political preferences are in our genes. Is ther anything that is not in our genes?

  3. Larry C says:

    Tom, you are perceptiverly right about political preferences and genes. Here is James Q. Wilson on this very topic in the City Journal: http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_1_dna.html