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The Golden Generator

Researchers in Israel have discovered that activation of the D4 receptor gene, which limits the number of dopamine sites in the brain, is associated with a stronger sex drive. It is found in 30% of the population, while 60% have this gene switched 'off' (I don't now about the other 10%).

"The rarer D4 variant seems to give the higher performance or desire has been associated with things like novelty seeking, a sort of extroverted personality, as well as attention deficit in children and adolescents."

Always the way - a minority variant becomes 'wrong' instead of just different. Like 'attention deficit' - doesn't that just mean you don't want to sit still when you are a kid, you want to go and run about? It's not wrong, it's just less common, like being left handed.

The gene-to-sex-drive correlation was nearly identical in males and females, although Ebstein noted for self-reports of "how horny you are," men score higher than women.

heh

Anyway, do you think this fits in with you? I'd say I am quite a D4-type personality. It's unclear why having fewer Dopamine-receptors is associated with this constellation of behaviours, but I find it plausible.

Dopamine is interesting stuff. Parkinsons is a dopamine receptor mess-up isn't it? (My mum has that) and Awakenings is an interesting book about the 50-year brain damage of people with serious dopamine deficiency problems who were at the opposite end of the spectrum from the over-active D4s - they could neither move nor speak.
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