Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Scientists discover stubbornness gene : Science Technology

Scientists discover stubbornness gene : Science Technology

Hamburg, Germany - People who are stubborn and never seem to learn from their mistakes may have a mutated gene that makes them bull-headed, according to scientists in Germany. About one-third of the population have this mutation, which may be nature's way of ensuring that there are always some people who will not give up trying when at first they do not succeed, say the researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

"Where would we be without those few individuals who refuse to accept defeat and who continue to soldier onwards when common sense tells the rest of mankind that there's no use trying?" one of the authors of the study, Dr Tilmann Klein, said in an interview.

About 30 per cent of the population have the mutation, called the A1 mutation, said co-author Dr Markus Ullsperger.

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