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Betting behaviour is linked to genes: US study

Published on Jun 17, 2014 6:51 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Want to make a bet? The answer probably lies in your genes.

Researchers said on Monday that a study of more than 200 people has shown that genetics plays a big role in how a person acts when it comes to betting and investing.

The genes in question affect the role of dopamine, a chemical released in the brain that signals pleasure and motivates people to seek rewards.

Dopamine is already known to play a role in social interactions, but researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, said their study is the first to show how genes govern the way dopamine functions in the brain.

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