Is Infidelity In Our Genes?

male and female scientist examine dna results

Science proves that facing infidelity or a faithful marriage has nothing to do with genetics.

Getting married can seem like such a crapshoot: Will you wind up with someone like the stalwart, not-found-anywhere-on-Earth hero of a Nicholas Sparks novel—or a guy who, down the line, reveals himself to be a total cad? And what part does genetic predisposition play?

This week, the Well column in the New York Times examines the scientific factors determining the likeliness of a partner to cheat. One hot topic indeed. Lemondrop: Sandra Bullock's Breakup Proves Bad Boys Are Always Bad News

Specifically, reporter Tara Parker-Pope compares a handful of new studies, including one that seems to debunk the influence of what's previously been called the "infidelity" gene, a variation in the gene that regulates vasopressin—a male bonding hormone. This new study says that possessing such a glitch might lead to a less stable partnership, but it doesn't necessarily mean you're cozying up to a Tiger. Lemondrop: Sex Addiction—Medical Condition Or Convenient Excuse?

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Written by Susannah Edelbaum for Lemondrop.