California researchers say genes influence participation in a wide range of political activities, including elections.
James H. Fowler and Christopher T. Dawes of the University of California, San Diego, and Laura A. Baker of the University of Southern California identify a link between two specific genes and political participation.
The study shows that individuals with a variant of the MAOA gene are significantly more likely to have voted in the 2000 presidential election, indicating that 53 percent of the variation in voter turnout is due to differences in genes. (From

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