From WebMD Medical News
By Miranda Hitti
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Genetics may affect a person's sex drive, a new study shows.
The study -- published online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry -- doesn't claim to totally explain the science of sexual desire, or why levels of sexual desire vary. But the researchers note that their findings deserve more exploration.
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At the heart of the study are different patterns in the DRD4 gene. That gene makes a protein that serves as a receptor for dopamine, a chemical messenger produced by the brain.
Sure, there has to be some level of utility in this study. The chief one could be correcting a faulty sex-drive for procreation purposes. Our knowledge of genetics may be a touch faulty itself (recessive genes, dominant genes, chromosomes, double helixes, manganese, etc.) but we’re pretty sure that a gene that totally inhibited the sex-drive would not survive many generations. We have a feeling the real goals of this study are (in no particular order): to further understanding of brain chemistry, to continue the gene map, and to perhaps figure out a way to enrich people’s lives through boosting their libido. Let’s hope that these scientists have seen The Nutty Professor. The last thing we want is for a shy researcher to turn himself into an arrogant sex maniac. Maybe Bill Clinton had this treatment in the early-90s.