5 Crappy Genetic Traits You Get From Dad


Good old Dad. His Y-chromosome made you into the handsome man you are today. But with that chromosome also comes it’s share of genetic baggage, including these five bad genetic traits that you could only get from him. You can’t escape biology, even though you skipped that class all through high school. With Father’s Day on the horizon, we look at some of the less-appealing things you can thank your dad for.

Testicular Cancer

Men whose fathers had testicular cancer are four times more likely to develop it according to a study at the done in the United Kingdom (Man, those Brits are on the ball!). Good news is you can catch it before it’s too late. All men over 20 should regularly check themselves for abnormalities and we don’t mean just scratching yourself when you wake up.

Heart Disease

According to another UK study, sons of men with heart disease were 50% higher to get it themselves. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to get lightheaded walking up your dorm room stairs. A healthy, low cholesterol diet has shown to stop genetic heart disease in its tracks. So cut the late night pizza runs if you want to keep running later in life.

Low Fertility

If it took pops a while to knock-up your mom, then you may have similar problems in the future. This sounds like a win-win situation for guys who love playing the field. However, when you are ready to settle down, fertility treatments are long and expensive.

Ear Hair

There is still debate on how guys get hairy ears, aka “girlfriend repellent,” but it seems likely to pass down from father to son. Thankfully, this won’t shorten your life but it can extend your life as a single man. So if your mom dad owns an ear hair trimmer, invest in one for yourself.


A study from Oxford University discovered LRRTM1, the gene most closely linked to left-handedness. And guess what, your dad’s Y chromosome carries it. We are not saying that being left-handed is BAD, but the LRRTM1 gene has also been linked to dyslexia and schizophrenia. Thanks dad!

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Jason Saenz (@notNOTJasonSaenz) is a son living in NYC.