Navigation Links
Why do people vote? Genetic variation in political participation
Date:6/26/2008

Washington, DCA groundbreaking new study finds that genes significantly affect variation in voter turnout, shedding new light on the reasons why people vote and participate in the political system.

The research, conducted by political scientists James H. Fowler, Christopher T. Dawes (of UC San Diego) and psychologist Laura A. Baker (of University of Southern California), appears in the May issue of the American Political Science Review, a journal of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The article is available online at: www.apsanet.org/imgtest/APSRMay08Fowler_etal.pdf.

"Although we are not the first to suggest a link between genes and political participation," note the authors, "this study is the first attempt to test the idea empirically." They do so by conducting three tests of the claim that part of the variation in political participation can be attributed to genetic factors. The results suggest that individual genetic differences make up a large and significant portion of the variation in political participation, even after taking socialization and other environmental factors into account. They also suggest that, contrary to decades of conventional wisdom, family upbringing may have little or no effect on children's future participatory behavior.

In conducting their study, the authors examine the turnout patterns of identical and non-identical twinsincluding 396 twins in Los Angeles County and 806 twins in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Their findings suggest that 53% of the variation in turnout can be accounted for by genetic effects in the former, with similar outcomes in the latter.

Moreover, genetic-based differences extend to a broad class of acts of political participation, including donating to a campaign, contacting an official, running for office, and attending a rally. According to Fowler, "we
'/>"/>

Contact: Helena Saele
hsaele@apsanet.org
202-483-2512
American Political Science Association
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Plants can be used to study how and why people respond differently to drugs
2. Fungus genome yielding answers to protect grains, people and animals
3. People who skip meals: are they better off?
4. Energy drinks may pose risks for people with high blood pressure, heart disease
5. Ozone can affect heavier people more
6. Rising food prices threaten worlds poor people
7. New study finds biodiversity conservation secures ecosystem services for people
8. 100 percent of people carry at least 1 type of pesticide
9. Half of the people suffering from head injuries fake to receive financial help
10. People not always needed to alleviate loneliness
11. Gene guards grain-producing grasses so people and animals can eat
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/23/2014)... gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique ... uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts ... a light source to treat oil sands process affected ... El-Din and James Bolton have found that using the ... just as efficiently but at a much lower cost. ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... will award funds to support the next phase of ... ways of predicting drug safety and effectiveness. Researchers will ... tissue chips and combine them into an integrated system ... body. Led by the National Center for Advancing Translational ... $17 million in 2014 with additional support over the ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... Eureka Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that the Company has ... new funding will be used to expand the Company,s ... clinical development. New investor Yuan Capital led the round, ... including Acorn Campus Ventures, Suma Venture and Harbinger Venture ... and development of fully-human antibodies engineered to mimic the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Solar energy-driven process could revolutionize oil sands tailings reclamation 2NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 2NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 3NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program 4
... data wirelessly for more than a year in early stage ... Institutes of Health. In addition to allowing for more natural ... represents a potential major step toward cord-free control of advanced ... is in the April 2013 issue of the Journal ...
... the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by microbiologist Derek ... sulfurreducens conducts electricity very effectively along metallic-like "microbial ... of such a novel biological electron transfer mechanism, but ... behavior represents a paradigm shift. It goes against all ...
... of adoption has taxed the minds of evolutionary scientists since ... According to Richard Dawkins,s description, adoption is "a double ... to increase, your own reproductive success, but you improve someone ... take care of young that are not related to them? ...
Cached Biology News:Wireless, implanted sensor broadens range of brain research 2Wireless, implanted sensor broadens range of brain research 3UMass Amherst researchers reveal mechanism of novel biological electron transfer 2UMass Amherst researchers reveal mechanism of novel biological electron transfer 3Risk management in fish: How cichlids prevent their young from being eaten 2
(Date:9/23/2014)... 2014 Marktech Optoelectronics has introduced the ... emitters in the 280 nm wavelength range. This series ... range from 280nm to 405nm. These new devices are ... well as curing. Mark Campito, Marktech’s CEO states that ... to manufacturers is that we offer it in one ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... September 23, 2014 New ... Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Johnson & ... cancer genomics company focused on harnessing the potential ... cancer testing and treatment, today announced it has ... Imperial Innovations and including Cambridge Innovation Capital and ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/94pdq3/global ... "Global Biotechnology Reagents Market 2014-2018" report to ... Biotechnology reagents are chemical compounds or substances ... and examine another substance to provide a test ... prepare, collect, and examine specimens from the human ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, ... , Known as a ,Star of David, molecule, ... quarter of a century and the team,s findings are published ... of two molecular triangles, entwined about each other three times ... each triangle is 114 atoms in length around the perimeter. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Marktech Introduces its New Line of Deep UV Emitters 2Inivata Raises £4m to Realise the Potential of ctDNA Analysis to Improve Cancer Treatment Through Simple Blood Tests 2Inivata Raises £4m to Realise the Potential of ctDNA Analysis to Improve Cancer Treatment Through Simple Blood Tests 3Inivata Raises £4m to Realise the Potential of ctDNA Analysis to Improve Cancer Treatment Through Simple Blood Tests 4Global Biotechnology Reagents Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Agilent, BD Biosciences, Bio-Rad, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Sigma-Aldrich and Thermo Fisher 2Global Biotechnology Reagents Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Agilent, BD Biosciences, Bio-Rad, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Sigma-Aldrich and Thermo Fisher 3
... 6, 2012 Arteriocyte, a leading biotechnology company ... announced today approval from the Food and Drug ... trial using its Magellan MAR01™ technology in the ... Exemption (IDE 15013) allows Arteriocyte and its clinical ...
... clusters of pancreatic beta-cells that live much longer and secrete ... valuable new tools for studying pancreatic diseases such as diabetes ... in an article in Tissue Engineering, Part C, Methods ... . The article is available free online at the ...
... dose of carbon nanotubes more than doubles the growth ... production of everything from lifesaving medications to sweeteners to ... the first to show that carbon nanotubes boost plant ... ACS Nano . Mariya V. Khodakovskaya and colleagues ...
Cached Biology Technology:Arteriocyte Receives FDA Approval to Initiate Compartment Syndrome Trial for Amputation Prevention Focused on Wounded Warriors 2Arteriocyte Receives FDA Approval to Initiate Compartment Syndrome Trial for Amputation Prevention Focused on Wounded Warriors 3
Small bottle for hybridization 150 x 35mm...
... Forma stacking shakers have the ... speed stacked 3-high, and the ... sensitive "soft shake" applications. ... and systems, our stackers are ...
CQCS kit for first KR 4i , (first unit)....
Multidrop Micro high speed 1 l bulk reagent dispenser rapidly, precisely and accurately dispenses microvolumes of 1-50 l into 384- and 96-well microplates....
Biology Products: