There's a liberal gene? Cue the 'Where's the cure?' jokes.
If you're not a liberal when you're 20, you have no heart. Or so claims the quote that may or may not be from Winston Churchill.
However, scientists at the University of California at San Diego and Harvard University now say it might not be a lack of heart that keeping folks from leaning left. It might be the lack of the gene known as DRD4.
A new study published in the Journal of Politics says evidence has been found that the gene might contribute to people's political ideology. In this case, people are more likely to be liberal if they have the DRD4 gene and they had a lot of friends in high school.
The DRD4 gene has been known to contribute to more of a risk-taking personality.
No, this is not a liberal conspiracy to paint conservatives as the friendless, retiring folk in high school. But to increase the likelihood of going liberal, the two factors must be in play.
Read all about the gene over at our Checkup Blog.
| October 28, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories: The Daily Catch
Save & Share: Previous: The Metro bomb plot, the FBI and the question of terrorist threats
Next: Halloween inspiration from the past (Photos)
Posted by: ohioan | October 28, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Medusa | October 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: JJinCO | October 28, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: illogicbuster | October 28, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: RD_Padouk | October 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: labman57 | October 28, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse