Friday, October 29, 2010

Liberal Gene Found

I can see this. I mean, we have genes in our body that determine all kinds of traits, mainly inherited so why not the political ones? I was raised in a family that pretty well split into thirds. 1/3 that were Conservatives, 1/3 Democrat and 1/3 that just didn't give a shit. So for me, it was pretty cool to get all views. I have friends and people that I grew up with that are now crazy liberal and now I can see why when reflecting and writing this opinion on the below article. Some of their parents were liberal and had a secret obsession with Clinton. Now look at us.

As I have said before, for the most part, I am more Conservative than anything, but as a person, an individual, I do have my own opinions about everything and I have voted for a couple of Non-Republicans in the past because I didn't like the candidate or their view. Ultimately, it's your own opinion and how you interpret things that you should make decisions. 9/10 times the Republicans are the way to go LOL.

Via NBC San Diego: Researchers have determined that genetics could matter when it comes to some adults' political leanings.

According to scientists at UC San Diego and Harvard University, "ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4." That and how many friends you had during high school.

The study was led by UCSD's James Fowler and focused on 2,000 subjects from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Scientists matched the subjects' genetic information with "maps" of their social networks. According to researchers, they determined that people "with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults." However, the, subjects were only more likely to have leanings to the left if they were also socially active during adolescence.

"It is the crucial interaction of two factors -- the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence -- that is associated with being more liberal,” according to the study.

"These findings suggest that political affiliation is not based solely on the kind of social environment people experience,” said Fowler, who is a professor of political science and medical genetics.

The researchers also said their findings held true no matter what the ethnicity, culture, sex or age of the subjects were.

Read more other versions on these cool sites:

Hope N Change
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