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Dr. Simon Hurt
06-11-2009, 12:26 PM
From LiveScience

Boys who have a so-called "warrior gene" are more likely to join gangs and also more likely to be among the most violent members and to use weapons, a new study finds.
"While gangs typically have been regarded as a sociological phenomenon, our investigation shows that variants of a specific MAOA gene, known as a 'low-activity 3-repeat allele,' play a significant role," said biosocial criminologist Kevin M. Beaver of Florida State University.
In 2006, the controversial warrior gene was implicated in the violence of the indigenous Maori people in New Zealand, a claim that Maori leaders dismissed.
But it's no surprise that genes would be involved in aggression. Aggression is a primal emotion like many others, experts say, and like cooperation, it is part of human nature, something that's passed down genetically. And almost all mammals are aggressive in some way or another, said Craig Kennedy, professor of special education and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, whose research last year suggested that humans crave violence just like they do sex, food or drugs.
"Previous research has linked low-activity MAOA variants to a wide range of antisocial, even violent, behavior, but our study confirms that these variants can predict gang membership," says Beaver, the Florida State researcher. "Moreover, we found that variants of this gene could distinguish gang members who were markedly more likely to behave violently and use weapons from members who were less likely to do either."
The MAOA gene affects levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that are related to mood and behavior, and those variants that are related to violence are hereditary, according to a statement from the university.
The new study examined DNA data and lifestyle information drawn from more than 2,500 respondents to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Beaver and colleagues from Florida State, Iowa State and Saint Louis universities will detail their findings in a forthcoming issue of the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry.
A separate study at Brown University from earlier this year found that individuals with the warrior gene display higher levels of aggression in response to provocation.
Over networked computers, 78 test subjects were asked to cause physical pain to an opponent they believed had taken money from them by administering varying amounts of hot sauce. While the results were not dramatic, low-activity MAOA subjects displayed slightly higher levels of aggression overall, the researchers said.
The Brown University results, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, support previous research suggesting that MAOA influences aggressive behavior, the scientists said.

Urban_Journalz
06-11-2009, 01:46 PM
Fuck a new study and the scientists behind it.

The so-called, "warrior gene" is inherent in all of us as a whole and it's not even a fuckin' gene. Self preservation is the first law of nature, and joining a gang is not self-preservation. If anything, it's the complete opposite.

Most people these days believe that a true man is defined by how well he speaks, how well he dresses and how willing he is, NOT to throw down if the occasion calls for it. People have forgotten that sometimes you have to get bloody. It good for the soul. Combat is a part of life and the more you run from combat, the more it will be around every corner.

It's the ability to accept this that makes you a warrior. This seperates the men from the boys.

Olive Oil Goombah
06-11-2009, 05:42 PM
^stop overreacting because scientists did a study, than basically saying the same thing as them only yours is based on opinion rather than testing.

No shit some people are more prone to violence. All they did was try to find out why, same reason they try to find out why some people are narcissists or other have a predisposition for alchoholism.

Urban_Journalz
06-12-2009, 07:52 AM
^stop overreacting because scientists did a study, than basically saying the same thing as them only yours is based on opinion rather than testing.

No shit some people are more prone to violence. All they did was try to find out why, same reason they try to find out why some people are narcissists or other have a predisposition for alchoholism.

Overreacting? How about you stop making assumptions as to someone's feelings, because you end up, once again, making an ass of yourself. What I'm saying and what they're saying are two different things, since you were obviously not reading the posts correctly.

They're trying to say there's a warrior gene, just like they're trying to say there's an obesity gene. When anyone with good sense knows that there is no obesity gene, and some people are just more prone to do more eating and less exercising than others. Likewise with this so-called, "warrior gene". My posts are never based on opinion and you know that, you just tried to take this rare opportunity to give me a taste of my own medicine. Not going as well as you'd hoped is it?

"All they did was try to find out why." Yeah, sure. Completely innocent and harmless was this study, right? Yeah, you keep on believing that and before you know it, you'll be the owner of a nice little bridge connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn.

There may be some truth to the reason why some people are pre-disposed to certain things, but that doesn't mean that A: They're automatically going to become victims of that supposed predisposition and B: That that presdisposition is the beginning and end of their addictions, because things like alcoholism and obesity are not, "diseases" as these educated fools keep spouting.

And if you don't like what I type, don't fuckin' read it.

Black Man
06-12-2009, 10:17 AM
Interesting how you accept one 'discovery' from the scientific community, but when the same scientific community says something else that you've been rejecting for years months and days, you continue to deny it even though the scientific community said otherwise.

diggy
06-12-2009, 02:15 PM
Interesting how you accept one 'discovery' from the scientific community, but when the same scientific community says something else that you've been rejecting for years months and days, you continue to deny it even though the scientific community said otherwise.


Exactly.

This is what I find of some posters too.

Olive Oil Goombah
06-13-2009, 05:29 PM
the little broads got their panties in a knot because they don't like scientists and think they are all 'evil'.