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    Honey, it's not my fault! It's the one-night stand gene


    Linda Carroll writes:

    You might call it the one-night stand gene.
    A minor tweak of the gene that maps out a receptor for the feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine, may be all it takes to explain the promiscuous beats of the cheating heart. Researchers have found that people born with this genetic variation are far more likely to cheat or engage in risky sexual behaviors, such as one-night stands, according to a study published this week in PloS ONE.

    Earlier studies linked the genetic mutation in question to a tendency to engage in risky behaviors as well as the propensity to become addicted to illicit drugs and alcohol, so the researchers suspected it might also affect a person’s sexual behavior.
    At the root of all this research is dopamine. Scientists have long known that when dopamine spurts in the brain, we feel pleasure. It's what makes us feel good when we eat, have sex or even take illicit drugs. Evolutionarily speaking, this system developed so we would find our way back to tasty morsels – and sexual partners.

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    So it made sense that dopamine might also be involved in the propensity to promiscuity, says the study’s lead author, Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

    “The motivation seems to stem from a system of pleasure and reward, which is where the release of dopamine comes in,” Garcia explains. “In cases of uncommitted sex, the risks are high, the rewards substantial and the motivation variable – all elements that ensure a dopamine ‘rush.’”

    To test the theory, Garcia rounded up 181 college students and asked them to fill out questionnaires that would reveal sexual habits, along with other proclivities, such as cigarette smoking and the tendency to take risks. Garcia and his colleagues also tested the study volunteers’ DNA to determine which form of dopamine receptor the students had inherited.

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    The study findings were striking. Students with the genetic variation were twice as likely as others report promiscuous behaviors, including one-night stands. And a full 50 percent reported that they had been unfaithful to a partner, compared to 22 percent of those without the variation.

    It would seem that science has provided the cheaters among us with the ultimate excuse. But, as is often the case, DNA isn’t destiny, experts say. Many of the volunteers had the promiscuity gene, but weren’t yielding to their cheating hearts – or genes, says William Pollack, an associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the Harvard University Medical School. An important question to answer in future research is why some were able overcome their genetic proclivity to promiscuity, says Pollack.

    One other interesting question left unanswered by the researchers is whether there was a difference between men and women when it comes to resisting the pull of genetics. “The study shows that the gene mutation was equally common in men and women, but other research has found that men tend to be more promiscuous,” Pollack says.

    While scientists thrash out that weighty question, it might be nice if you could determine whether that person sitting across from you on a first date was born with the cheating gene. One likes to be able to weigh the benefits and the risks. Along with all the screening questions asked before a date, maybe there should be a DNA test.

    [Via: MSNC.com]
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    Oh good, they've given them another excuse. I can just hear the lines they'll use, now.
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    Wow, I just realised i MUTATED 5 years ago.
    I'm a MUTANT!
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    Wait.....does keeping multiple boyfriends at once, when I was younger, count? LOL!
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    Yeah, the whole point is promiscuity and cheating being just one of the options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyFromNam View Post
    Yeah, the whole point is promiscuity and cheating being just one of the options.
    LOL! I never had sex with any of them, but I sure as hell knew how to keep them all on my string!

    I was a pro!!!!
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    Tease!
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    If I said anything like that, my wife would respond with, "I understand, and my genes caused me to beat you into a vegetable with kitchen implements before yanking out your heart and setting you on fire in the front yard. You understand I couldn't help it, my genes made me torture and kill you while the neighborhood watched."

    just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion Antares View Post
    Tease!
    Exactly! Kept it up for several years, too. Eventually, however, I got bored of the 3 of them and moved on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by verwon View Post
    LOL! I never had sex with any of them, but I sure as hell knew how to keep them all on my string!

    I was a pro!!!!
    You'll never catch a guy saying that.
    That's the genes talking.

    Pro usually means you get paid for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyFromNam View Post
    You'll never catch a guy saying that.
    That's the genes talking.

    Pro usually means you get paid for it
    LOL! Well, let's see, I didn't sleep with them, however, they all loaded me with jewelry and gifts.........

    I used to have a huge stack of the stuff they bought me. I'd tell them not to buy me stuff and they would!
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    So this study just proves that everyone likes sex? I wish I was a scientist who studies useless information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by verwon View Post
    Oh good, they've given them another excuse. I can just hear the lines they'll use, now.
    "Them"

    This sounds like you think only men cheat - or that they cheat a lot more than women. The research in this area seems to be casting doubt on that and there is even one recent study that claims that women cheat more but lie better...

    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclevanya View Post
    "Them"

    This sounds like you think only men cheat - or that they cheat a lot more than women. The research in this area seems to be casting doubt on that and there is even one recent study that claims that women cheat more but lie better...

    YMMV
    You're making an assumption, again. How on earth is the word 'them' gender specific in any way?

    Geez, I just meant cheaters in general and my own posts in this thraed show that I used to toy with men.

    Why so defensive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by verwon View Post
    You're making an assumption, again. How on earth is the word 'them' gender specific in any way?

    Geez, I just meant cheaters in general and my own posts in this thraed show that I used to toy with men.

    Why so defensive?
    I love it when I get your hackles up...

    LOL

    Toying with them was not necessarily cheating - depends on the terms and conditions!

    I retract any implied disparagement. All good?

    EDIT - Knowing that you don't identify with other women I should have assumed "Them" meant mere mortals...
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    All, please refer to verwon's signature and follow it to the letter. It's the only chance for survival!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclevanya View Post
    I love it when I get your hackles up...

    LOL

    Toying with them was not necessarily cheating - depends on the terms and conditions!

    I retract any implied disparagement. All good?

    EDIT - Knowing that you don't identify with other women I should have assumed "Them" meant mere mortals...
    BRAT!

    Yes, all good and I can't stand most other women, the drama and games they play drive me insane.

    Oh, I never led any of them to believe they were the one and only, I liked to let them try to compete with each other! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    All, please refer to verwon's signature and follow it to the letter. It's the only chance for survival!

    You are, indeed, a wise man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by verwon View Post
    You are, indeed, a wise man!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    If I said anything like that, my wife would respond with, "I understand, and my genes caused me to beat you into a vegetable with kitchen implements before yanking out your heart and setting you on fire in the front yard. You understand I couldn't help it, my genes made me torture and kill you while the neighborhood watched."
    just sayin
    Case closed
    Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    If I said anything like that, my wife would respond with, "I understand, and my genes caused me to beat you into a vegetable with kitchen implements before yanking out your heart and setting you on fire in the front yard. You understand I couldn't help it, my genes made me torture and kill you while the neighborhood watched."

    just sayin
    LOL!!! You forgot the earings made from your ****s. :shock:

    BTW... Best.....Scientific.....Discovey.....Ever!

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