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Divorce Gene Identified

by Kathy Jones on February 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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 Divorce Gene Identified

Swedish researchers suggest that men are not always to be blamed in divorces and have identified a "divorce gene" that prevents women from having happy relationships.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute analyzed the DNA of more than 1,800 women and found that "women who had a variation of an oxytocin receptor gene, known as A-allele, were 50 per cent more likely to report 'martial crisis or threat of divorce'."

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The researchers concluded that women who were unable to process oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, were more likely to have an unhappy relationship as they would struggle to bond with their partners.

"We've found evidence that oxytocin can be involved in the regulation of human pair-bonding by showing that variation in the oxytocin receptor gene is linked to how strongly women bond to a partner", lead researcher Hasse Walum said.

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