2010
12.02

As if the Booze, Smokes, and Drugs weren’t enough of an indicator!

We wonder what these girls DRD4 levels are?

 

 

 

A SUNY-Binghamton researcher claims he’s pinpointed the gene that makes people more promiscuous. According to a new study by researcher Justin Garcia, a variant of the DRD4 gene is responsible for people’s tendency to sleep around in uncommitted situations.  Garcia said, “The motivation seems to stem from a system of pleasure and reward, which is where the release of dopamine comes in. In cases of uncommitted sex, the risks are high, the rewards substantial and the motivation variable — all elements that ensure a dopamine ‘rush.’” The study polled and took DNA samples from 181 young adults to determine its findings. Garcia reported that those with the gene were twice as likely to engage in uncommitted sex. But of course, Garcia says it’s not all the gene’s fault. The choices people make in their relationships are still the primary factor. But, proportionally, this gene can make you dabble in the strange a little bit more.

Similar studies have found links between the DRD4 gene and other excesses, like gambling or alcohol addiction.

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