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Men are more likely to be devoted and loyal husbands when they lack a particular variant of a gene that influences brain activity, researchers announced yesterday -- the first time that science has shown a direct link between a man's genes and his aptitude for monogamy.
The finding is striking because it not only links the gene variant -- which is present in two of every five men -- with the risk of marital discord and divorce, but also appears to predict whether women involved with these men are likely to say their partners are emotionally close and available, or distant and disagreeable. The presence of the gene variant, or allele, also seems predictive of whether men get married or live with women without getting married.
The finding set off a debate about whether people should conduct genetic tests to find out whether potential mates are bad marriage prospects. Several independent scientists called the discovery remarkable and elegant but disagreed over whether such information ought to be used in making personal decisions about love and marriage.
Was this study conducted by male scientists looking for an infidelity excuse?
Originally posted by Alora
If I were single, I still might demand a genetic screening before I accepted a long term commitment.
Originally posted by MidnightDStroyer
It also seems like there should be an identifiable gene that causes the placement of a wedding band on a woman's finger to be the equal of pulling the ripcord on an inflatable life boat: In less than a year, a once-slim, svelt lady turns into a mound of misshapen flesh. I'll bet pretty much everyone has seen that particular phenomenon...
[edit on 4-9-2008 by MidnightDStroyer]