Navigation Links
Political participation is partially rooted in genetic inheritance
Date:7/1/2008

The decision to vote is partly genetic, according to a new study published in the American Political Science Review. The research, by James H. Fowler and Christopher T. Dawes, of the University of California, San Diego and Laura A. Baker, of the University of Southern California, is the first to show that genes influence participation in elections and in a wide range of political activities. See the full study at: http://www.apsanet.org/imgtest/APSRMay08Fowler_etal.pdf

Fowler and Dawes have followed this work with research just published in the July issue of the Journal of Politics in which they identify a link between two specific genes and political participation. They show that individuals with a variant of the MAOA gene are significantly more likely to have voted in the 2000 presidential election. Their research also demonstrates a connection between a variant of the 5HTT gene and voter turnout, which is moderated by religious attendance. These are the first results ever to link specific genes to political behavior. The published study will be online July 1, but a pre-publication PDF is linked here: http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/PDF/06-08GenesAndVoting.pdf

The initial research is based on voter turnout records in Los Angeles matched to a registry of identical and non-identical twins. These comparisons show clearly that identical twins, who share 100 per cent of their genes, are significantly more similar in their voting behavior than fraternal twins who share only 50 per cent of their genes on average. The results indicate that 53 per cent of the variation in voter turnout is due to differences in genes. The results also suggest that, contrary to decades of conventional wisdom, family upbringing may have little effect on children's future participatory behavior.

To replicate these find
'/>"/>

Contact: Barry Jagoda
bjagoda@ucsd.edu
858-534-8567
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Why do people vote? Genetic variation in political participation
2. Is political orientation transmitted genetically?
3. Hybridization partially restores vision in cavefish, NYU study finds
4. International team identifies 21 new genetic risk factors for Crohns disease
5. Automated microfluidic device reduces time to screen small organisms for genetic studies
6. Drug reverses mental retardation caused by genetic disorder
7. Perspective: Policies must keep pace with genetic progress
8. Known genetic risk for Alzheimers in whites also places blacks at risk
9. Scientists confirm that parts of earliest genetic material may have come from the stars
10. Spradling receives Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize for new genetic techniques
11. Earthworm detectives provide genetic clues for dealing with soil pollution
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/19/2014)... DUBLIN , Dec. 18, 2014 Research ... announced the addition of the "iPhone 5S ... Technology Report" report to their offering. ... Following the acquisition of AuthenTec in July 2012, ... iPhone 5S. It is currently the only device ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Samsung Galaxy S5 - ... report to their offering. ... totally different sensing technology than the iPhone 5S, ... sensor in its product. The Galaxy ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 16, 2014 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Global Chemical Sensor Market ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 One ... increasing demand for medical sensors in biomedical applications. ... for quick and correct diagnosis during surgical procedures. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report 2Samsung Galaxy S5 - Home Button Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Technology Analysis 2Global Chemical Sensor Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, Hoffmann La-Roche, Johnson & Johnson, NGK Spark Plugs and Robert Bosch 2
... study from the University of Rochester finds that there is ... it language capabilities above and beyond those of any other ... brain, each designed to accomplish different primitive tasks, in order ... of grammar used in forming a given sentence, the brain ...
... have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear ... for surgeons to identify and remove. Scientists at Ohio ... may one day be injected into the blood of patients ... In the journal Nanotechnology, researchers reported that ...
... An international research consortium including scientists from The ... (UTHealth) has identified a new genetic link to ... thorough understanding of the genetic nature of the ... Systemic scleroderma is a profoundly disabling autoimmune disease ...
Cached Biology News:Sign language study shows multiple brain regions wired for language 2Sign language study shows multiple brain regions wired for language 3Tiny particles may help surgeons by marking brain tumors 2Study reveals new genetic link to scleroderma 2Study reveals new genetic link to scleroderma 3
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014  ( www.competitivehealth.com ) — Competitive ... medical bill review and advocacy service, has signed an ... WellCard Savings discount health services marketplace. 63% ... more than they expected to pay. As part of ... costs, WellCard Savings is pleased to offer medical bill ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Fertility Associates of Memphis ... Bank USA , a network of more than 20 ... partnership, patients have fast access to a national pool ... IVF . Fertility Associates of Memphis is the only ... treatment option. , Dr. William Kutteh , director ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), one ... of Nick Maroulis, Pharm.D. to the newly created position ... In this position, Dr. Maroulis will continue to manage ... of our multi-site pharmacies as the company expands. Dr. ... that time he has served in many different capacities ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 19, 2014 Bina Technologies, Inc. (Bina, ... that they have been acquired by Roche (SIX: RO, ... privately held company that provides a big data platform ... (NGS) data for the academic and translational research markets. ... and will continue to focus on development of their ...
Breaking Biology Technology:WellCard Savings Announces CoPatient Medical Bill Review Service for Members 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 3BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Dr. Nick Maroulis to Vice President of Specialty Pharmacy Services 2Bina Technologies is acquired by Roche. 2Bina Technologies is acquired by Roche. 3
... for Year on Higher Services Revenues, Lower Expenses, ... DRAD ), a leading provider of medical ... and imaging centers, today,reported narrower losses for the ... revenues and lower operating expenses for the year., ...
... scientists have broken a technological barrier by making three-dimensional ... a matter of minutes. , The holographic displays ... first updatable three-dimensional displays with memory ever to be ... military applications that require "situational awareness." , "This is ...
... Year-Old Genes Resurrected to Serve as Probes of Early Life on ... ... MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 6 ,Scientists at the Foundation for Applied Molecular ... today publish,a study in the journal Nature where more than 20 ancient ...
Cached Biology Technology:Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 2Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 3Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 4Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 5Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 6Digirad Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2007 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 7UA optical scientists add new, practical dimension to holography 2UA optical scientists add new, practical dimension to holography 3Genes as Time Machines 2
...
MarrowMAX Bone Marrow Medium...
Sprague-Dawley rats, 7-8 weeks old, mixed gender; tissue is collected fresh, frozen on dry ice within minutes of sacrifice and stored at -20C; individual tissue weight approx. 0.05 gram....
CMRL Medium-1066 (1X) liquid...
Biology Products: