View Full Version : OXTR Gene Influences Social Behavior Differently in Americans and Koreans

10-13-2012, 11:09 PM
From snpedia (http://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Rs53576) and discovermagazine (link below):
"rs53576 is a silent G to A change in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene.
The blog Not Exactly Rocket Science (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/08/16/genes-and-culture-oxtr-gene-influences-social-behaviour-differently-in-americans-and-koreans/) discusses that Americans with (G;G) tend to be more sensitive parents, more empathetic and less lonely than those with an ‘A’. In a Korean population people with (G;G) were less likely to seek support from their peers."

Scarlet Ibis
10-14-2012, 03:02 AM

I have AG, and so do both of my parents. Considering the fact that I have 1 Korean parent, and 1 American parent, I'm not sure how this would play out for me. ;)

I also noted this bit in the article, though:

Kim also worked with a small group of 32 Korean-Americans who were born and raised in the US, but were genetically Korean. Kim found that the link between OXTR and emotional support among these volunteers was much closer to the culturally similar Americans than the genetically similar Koreans.