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In November, You'll Be Voting With Your Genes

New York Times editorial discusses research that links genetic makeup to the politics we hold. According to the research, people with one variant of the MAOA gene are more likely to vote than if they have the other version. Because people with the "right" versions of this gene and the 5HTT gene are better able to handle stress, they're better able to deal with the stress of making political choices, the research suggests.

GTO thinks there are probably other genes involved as well, like the ones for critical thinking.

 

The Scan

Transplant Tests Edited Pig Kidneys

The Associated Press reports a University of Alabama-Birmingham team transplanted genetically modified pig kidneys into a brain-dead human patient.

UK Changes Some Gene-Edited Crop Rules

A new law may enable gene-edited crops to be sold in the UK within about five years, New Scientist says.

Pill Works Against Omicron in Lab

Pfizer's antiviral pill to treat SARS-CoV-2 appears to work against the Omicron variant, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Nature Papers Find Genetic Risk Factor for Smell, Taste Loss in COVID-19; Analyze TB Granulomas

In Nature this week: genome-wide association study find locus linked to the risk COVID-19 patients losing their sense of taste or smell, and more.