DRD4 a ‘Liberal Gene,’ Says Scientists – Variant Marks Those More Open as Adults

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Politics aren’t all about convincing the other guy. Some of it looks to be genetic. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego lead by Professor James H. Fowler announced the DRD4 gene may predispose someone to being liberal. It also depends on the friendships they had in high school, though.

The DRD4 gene study focused on 2,000 subjects from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, according to NBC San Diego. The study looked at their genes and the number of friendships the subjects had during high school. They found that people “with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults.” But don’t assume this means they were shown to be the whackaloons or the potheads with no friends.

In fact, the liberal adults with the DRD4 gene variant were more socially active during their teenage years. And that held true regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, or gender. Fascinating how being socially flexible as a teenager and able to maintain friendships could indicate being more liberal later in life, isn’t it?

So if you’ve wondered why it is you’re more likely to favor a government that helps the common man instead of big business, think about your friendships in high school. That DRD4 “liberal gene” just might be active in a special way in your DNA.

And yes, this means the stereotypical online libertarian who lives in his mother’s basement is also probably partially due to genetics. Would explain why they don’t listen to facts, wouldn’t it?

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