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Genes to blame for infidelity?

  1. Jun 7, 2004 #1
    Genes may to blame for infidelity

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    Some people may be genetically programmed to be unfaithful to their partner, a scientist has claimed.

    Professor Tim Spector, of the Twin Research Unit at St Thomas's Hospital, London, says he has evidence of a genetic component to infidelity.

    Focusing on women, he found that if one of a pair of twins had a history of infidelity, the chances her sister would also stray were about 55%.

    In general it is estimated that just 23% of women are not faithful.

    In addition, Professor Spector found the tendency for both twins to be either faithful, or unfaithful was strongest in identical pairs - who have identical genes.

    He stressed that genes alone did not determine whether somebody was likely to be unfaithful - much was down to social factors.
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3783031.stm
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2004 #2

    Monique

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    JÚST 23%? :uhh:

    ..goes to look up study..
     
  4. Jun 7, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    :confused: can't find it
     
  5. Jun 7, 2004 #4
    A hidden majority? :biggrin:
     
  6. Jun 7, 2004 #5
    23% of Americans?

    Wouldn't be surprised...
     
  7. Jun 9, 2004 #6

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    55%...hmm...so little more than a coin toss? Doesn't sound like much of a link to me.

    I assume they mean infidelity in marriage? I'm sure many just don't bother getting married if they don't want to stick with just one man. I also think the rate of infidelity is higher than reported...only those who get caught are reported :devil:
     
  8. Jun 10, 2004 #7

    Monique

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    :devil: I don't know what kind of a news report that is, since the data is still not published
     
  9. Jun 10, 2004 #8

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    I wonder if it's just preliminary data presented at a conference? I couldn't find any published work on it either.
     
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