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Handedness, Left/Right: Genetics

  1. Gregory V Jones1,
  2. Maryanne Martin2

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005961



How to Cite

Jones, G. V. and Martin, M. 2006. Handedness, Left/Right: Genetics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

  2. 2

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


A notable characteristic of the human species is that a majority of its population tends to favor the use of the right hand rather than the left, while a minority tends to favor the use of the left hand rather than the right. It has been often proposed that this pattern of behavior, although subject to modulation by social and other factors, represents a manifestation of underlying genetic variation.


  • handedness;
  • laterality;
  • asymmetry;
  • left-handed;
  • right-handed