How can two left-handed parents have a right-handed child?


Right or left handedness is not simply inherited from your parents.


A lot of research has been done into why people are right-handed, left-handed, ambidextrous (use both hands equally well) or mixed-handed (when they favour different sides for different tasks).

No simple answer has been found.

About 85% of humans are right-handed, and inherited genes seem to play a part in this.

For example, one study found that a child of two left-handed parents had a 26% chance of being left-handed – compared to a 19% chance if they had one right-handed and one left-handed parent, and a 9% chance if both parents were right-handed.

Twins have been the focus of much research, and the fact that identical twins can favour different hands suggests handedness is not a totally genetic trait.

Some researchers have found links between left-handedness and problems in pregnancy, birth trauma or even childhood illnesses.

But even if these do play a part in some cases, it would not explain left-handedness in people with no past health problems.

So we don’t know for sure why some people are left-handed, but we do know that even a child of two southpaws is most likely to favour their right hand.


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