By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Are you tone deaf? There might be a good reason.READ MORE: Police Say Daughter's Roommate Accused In Fatal Fire That Killed 81-Year-Old Julius Drelick, According To Court Documents
A Finnish study that looked at the association between genetics and the perception of sound and music has raised some eyebrows.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Injured After Being Shot Near Fox Chase Wawa
The genetic scan actually focused on the ability to discriminate pitch, duration and sound patterns which have been called the three primary capacities for music perception. The researchers broke it down very specifically – the strongest association was found at a gene known as 3q21.3 – a region that is near a gene known to be important in the development of the inner ear. They also identified additional regions with genes mostly related to the auditory pathway.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Eagles' Nick Sirianni To Speak With Media Following Win Against Jets
Now you have an excuse if you can’t sing. The study shows that musical aptitude is a complex behavioral trait and is at least partially inherited.