First Happiness Gene For Women Identified.

HealthDay (8/30, Preidt) reports, “A ‘happy’ gene that affects females but not males may explain why women are often happier than men,” according to a study published online in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry. After analyzing “data from 193 women and 152 men who were assessed for happiness and underwent DNA testing as part of a long-term study of mental health,” researchers found that “women with the low-expression version of the MAOA gene were much happier than other women.” The low-expression MAOA gene appeared not to have the same happiness effect for men.

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— “Scientists ID ‘Happy’ Gene in Women, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, August 29, 2012.

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