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Genetics and Poltical Behavior

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Doreen Finkle

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Are we pre programmed to be Liberal or Conservative?  Some say Liberalism is in the genes .  The idea has come from the fact that too much spending with little control comes from somewhere. According to researchers at Harvard and University of California (San Diego), ideolgy is not affected just by social factors but by a dopamine receptor called DRD4.  James Fowler, Professor of political science and medical genetics,  conducted the study that found that people "with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults." However, the, subjects were only more likely to have leanings to the left if they were also socially active during adolescence.
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