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Blame It on the Brain

If you've ever blamed a cheating spouse's nether regions for his infidelities, new research has proven that his brain is actually what's to blame. Swedish scientists have found that men who carry a specific gene variant called allele — which is present in two of every five men — are more likely to experience marital problems and divorce than those who lack this particular variant of a gene. This study also states the following:

Men with two copies of the allele had twice the risk of experiencing marital dysfunction, with a threat of divorce during the last year, compared to men carrying one or no copies. Women married to men with one or two copies of the allele scored lower on average on how satisfied they were with the relationship compared to women married to men with no copies.

As you can see, infidelity is not a simple choice like so many people believe. As funny as it may sound, these findings have actually fueled a debate as to whether or not men should get tested for this gene before walking down the aisle. On the other hand, Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University feels that knowing if you have a weak link makes it easier to overcome. For instance, a man who knows he has the allele might be able to ignore the tugs of restlessness he might feel in his relationship and say, "Oh, it is just my DNA, and I am going to ignore it."

Pretty interesting information, huh! If you're single, would you want your future significant other to take a DNA test for this gene? What are your thoughts on this new finding?


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