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May

Evolved ever after

One of the greatest debates of all times: letting nature do the job of evolution or take it in your own hands?

Because lets face it when you find the link to happiness you don’t just stop there, you want to learn more and explore every possible angle of the subject. You are tempted to control the next steps of evolution through the most desirable perspective. And once you do that you have no idea what will happen afterwards. Evolution can be determined but the big question is how far are we willing to go?

Findings published today in the Journal of Human Genetics are the first to establish a relation between a specific genetic condition and a person’s happiness using as a measure the satisfaction in life.The research led by Jan-Emmanuel De Neve compared the subject’s genetic type with their answer to the question “How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?” – to which they could give one of five possible answers: very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied, very dissatisfied or neither.

The results showed that people with the efficient (long-long) version of the gene were either very satisfied or satisfied with their life, 35% and 34% accordingly compared to 19% in both categories for those with the short-short form of the gene and 26% of the people with the less efficient gene were dissatisfied compared to only 20% of those with the efficient. 

This is a fine example of how close people have come to influence and even control their own evolution. The only thing we still don’t know is the outcome of such a process.