Got a Temper? Blame Your Genes

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff

Posted May 4, 2009 11:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Why some people get steamed while others stay cool depends on which version of a certain gene they carry, the Daily Telegraph reports. German scientists isolated a gene that affects dopamine levels. In a study, people with the least common variation showed little anger. Those with the other two mutations "are not able to control their feelings." Which could be a good thing: Aggression helps you get ahead in life, the researchers suggest.

Scientists say variations of the DARPP-32 gene control who rages and who stays calm.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Scientists say variations of the DARPP-32 gene control who rages and who stays calm. This man kicked a mannequin representing the head of the factory where he worked.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Scientists say variations of the DARPP-32 gene control who rages and who stays calm. These protesters clash with police in an alley behind the parliament building in Reykjavik, Iceland.   (AP Photo/Thorvaldur Kristmundsson)
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High degrees of anger are of course of low social desirability, but a certain amount of dominance-related behavior helps to assert position in a social hierarchy. - University of Bonn researchers

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