Suffering from stress under pressure may be genetic

workers may be genetically programmed to falter when things go wrong, claims
new research.

at King’s College London have discovered a gene that determines whether or not
people will become stressed during traumatic events.

study focused on two types of a gene called 5-HTT, which regulates Serotonin –
the brain’s ‘mood’ chemical. The gene comes in long and short versions and
people have two copies, inherited from each of their parents.

research found people with the short gene were left vulnerable to stress, while
those with the long gene were better able to cope with adverse circumstances.

Terry Moffitt said that further research could lead to a depression
vulnerability test.

By Michael Millar

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