Are You a Warrior?
IN SPORTS OR BUSINESS, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO STRESS? IS THE ANSWER IN YOUR GENES?
Oxidase A (Warrior Gene)
Human behavior is complex and influenced by our genes, our environment, and our
circumstances. One of the most provocative and often controversial of genetic variants
has been dubbed the "Warrior Gene."
Located on the X-chromosome, the MAOA gene is one of many genes that play a part
in our behavioral responses. The "Warrior Gene" variant reduces function in the
Studies have linked the "Warrior Gene" to increased risk-taking and to retaliatory
behavior. Men with the "Warrior Gene" are not necessarily more aggressive, but they
are more likely to respond aggressively to perceived conflict.
Because men have one copy of the X-chromosome, a variant that reduces the function
of this gene has more of an influence on them. Women, having two X-chromosomes,
are more likely to have at least one normally functioning gene copy, and variants
in women have not been studied as extensively.
This test is now available for both men and women.
Sabol et al, 1998 contains additional
details about the "Warrior Gene" variant.
Note: Among the many advances and discoveries of modern DNA and
genetics are 'scientific' oddities. These genetic wonders make it into popular culture
and develop a life there that far outpaces their academic worth. These factoids
are best used as 'cocktail conversation' starters. We present them to our customers
as just that.