Monday, September 1, 2008
Commitment Phobia and Genetics
Science News reports:
"The study, to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to try to examine whether a hormone that encourages monogamy in animals plays a similar role in male humans. Before getting ideas about a DNA-fidelity test, though, women should consider that the study wasn’t designed to determine how much — or even whether — the gene in question is responsible for monogamy in humans.
“We can’t with any accuracy predict effects on behavior,” says Hasse Walum of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “A lot of different things determine how happy you will be in a relationship.”
And just as I was thinking that a gene alone cannot be responsible for all the intricate layers of a relationship and the commitment that goes into it, I got to the end of the article which states:
"Marital harmony is determined by the behavior of two complex individuals, of which genes play only a part.
“It will be labeling a lot of people in a way that will be absolutely wrong,” Young says. “There’s so much more that goes into the quality of a relationship than a single gene.”
Interesting read. Find it all here.
graph per science news