PHOTO: Wanderlust could be in your blood. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
If you find yourself constantly on the move and never willing to settle down in one place, could it be because you have the wanderlust gene? A new report in the Daily Star suggests that some people may be born to travel. It’s in their genetics.
“The gene is DRD4-7R, and it’s been dubbed the “wanderlust gene,” because of its correlation with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness,” says the Daily Star.
This gene provides insight into the characteristics that may dominate the world wanderer’s brain.
“Results indicated that people with the DRD4-7R gene are ‘more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, destinations, relationships, drugs or sexual opportunities,'" reports the Daily Star.
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Ever wonder why you always run into people from far-off places like New Zealand, Australia and Northwest America when you travel? According to research, it’s because they have traveled the farthest from their origins over time.
“A study by Chen (1999) found the DRD4-7r form of the gene is more likely to occur in modern day societies where people migrated longer distances from where we first originated in Africa many thousands of years ago,” says the Daily Star.
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