Thursday, September 14, 2006

so this is why....

Is There a Cheating Gene?

Yeah, my past seems to be cursed by old boyfriends who like to cheat on me. Maybe I'm way too gullible or way too nice. But according to Todd, there's more to it....

Look like there's no hope :(

By Todd Katz

We all know there seem to be some folks out there who "can't help but" stray ... or so they say. Now, scientific research reveals that there may be some truth to that-that some living creatures are genetically programmed to seek out many partners.

The saga begins with the prairie vole, one of the world's only monogamous mammals. When the male of the species is smitten by that special somebody, the pair bonds for life. Avoiding all other females, he'll spend hours grooming his lover's fur, and when necessary lay down his life in defense of her or their pups. But the prairie vole's player of a cousin, the meadow vole, jumps from partner to partner, with no loyalty to any one female ... that is, until a group of scientists started tinkering with his noggin.

"We had two closely related species exhibiting startlingly different behavior, and we believed there might be a biological or physiological component," explains Miranda Lim, Ph.D., of Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center. What she and her fellow researchers discovered is that the monogamous prairie voles, unlike the promiscuous meadow voles, have high levels of vasopressin receptors -- a chemical released after sex in both rodents and humans -- in the reward center of their brain. These receptors help the prairie vole make a link between the smell of a particular mate and sexual pleasure, leading to instant monogamy.

The researchers isolated the vasopressin-receptor gene, and introduced it into some meadow voles. The result: The lecherous little rodents became hopelessly monogamous romantics.

So what does this indicate about the human male? "People in love seem to activate this same reward region of the brain," Lim says. "Obviously rodents are far simpler than humans. But vasopressin does appear necessary to establishing long-term bonding relationships."

While Lim says it's worth further investigating the role of vasopressin in humans, she says it's unlikely to lead to an actual cure for infidelity anytime soon. Rats…


Blogger d-smooth said...

not me!!

2:07 AM  

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