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Old 06-15-2015, 11:20 AM   #15
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Wanderlust - Nature or Nurture?

Is traveling in our blood? Or, is it learned?
An interesting article at
The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel
From an article referenced in above article:
"If an urge to explore rises in us innately, perhaps its foundation lies within our genome. In fact there is a mutation that pops up frequently in such discussions: a variant of a gene called DRD4, which helps control dopamine, a chemical brain messenger important in learning and reward. Researchers have repeatedly tied the variant, known as DRD4-7R and carried by roughly 20 percent of all humans, to curiosity and restlessness. Dozens of human studies have found that 7R makes people more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities; and generally embrace movement, change, and adventure. Studies in animals simulating 7R’s actions suggest it increases their taste for both movement and novelty. (Not incidentally, it is also closely associated with ADHD.)"
Of course, the following statement, taken from the reference article, offers a grain of salt.
"According to LoPorto, while carriers of this genetic variant might be “incredibly resourceful, pioneering, creative,” and more predisposed for wanderlust, they also might be “utterly out of control.”"


So,what proportion of FGRVers have the DRD4 7R variant?
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:48 PM   #16
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Is traveling in our blood? Or, is it learned?
An interesting article at
The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel
From an article referenced in above article:
"If an urge to explore rises in us innately, perhaps its foundation lies within our genome. In fact there is a mutation that pops up frequently in such discussions: a variant of a gene called DRD4, which helps control dopamine, a chemical brain messenger important in learning and reward. Researchers have repeatedly tied the variant, known as DRD4-7R and carried by roughly 20 percent of all humans, to curiosity and restlessness. Dozens of human studies have found that 7R makes people more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities; and generally embrace movement, change, and adventure. Studies in animals simulating 7R’s actions suggest it increases their taste for both movement and novelty. (Not incidentally, it is also closely associated with ADHD.)"
Of course, the following statement, taken from the reference article, offers a grain of salt.
"According to LoPorto, while carriers of this genetic variant might be “incredibly resourceful, pioneering, creative,” and more predisposed for wanderlust, they also might be “utterly out of control.”"


So,what proportion of FGRVers have the DRD4 7R variant?
Lora,

DRD4 7R, yikes I must have it. I am a risk taker and must be predisposed to wanderlust (though not utterly out of control).

What ever the reason, extending to my childhood, I've always been curious about everything. The excitement this week is a new gas line being installed in front of our house, just a blast learning how it's done virtually without interrupting the supply to each house.

Thanks Lora, very interesting.
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Richard Grant's idea would certainly come as a surprise to all the nomadic folks who have lived throughout history. Also Cortez, Balboa, Columbus, the Vikings, and a raft of other explorer-type people.
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Mike and Lora,
I think it is the minority that are risk takers. I'm not sure about the genetic component and the possible predisposition.

I did look into ADHD at one time and found that the prevalence of ADHD is less in sunny climates like the Southwest. possibly a Vitamin D deficiency.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:10 PM   #19
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Our traveling took on a whole new turn since we got our Oliver. I worked for TWA for 38 years and of course we got travel benefits, which we used, with some added stress, hoping you would get on the plane traveling standby. We traveled to Kenya, Pakistan, Switzerland, England to name a few, not to mention being removed from the plane while enroute through Dubai with no visa.
Those days are over and now it's time to see this beautiful country from ground level instead of from 30,000 feet. We are still somewhat limited on duration of trips, since we still have a very aged horse, cow, and cat to deal with. We are lucky to have neighbors that can take care of things while we are gone, and Carol pays very well.
All sorts of travel have their own level of stress, as well as good times
that make it worth it. We are fortunate that we could give our kids the experience of travel, and they are passing it on to their kids. Now we did do a lot of tent camping with the kids, but they chose not to take up with that. Oh well.
Heading for Glacier National Park as we speak.

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Is traveling in our blood? Or, is it learned?
An interesting article at
The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel
From an article referenced in above article:
"If an urge to explore rises in us innately, perhaps its foundation lies within our genome. In fact there is a mutation that pops up frequently in such discussions: a variant of a gene called DRD4, which helps control dopamine, a chemical brain messenger important in learning and reward. Researchers have repeatedly tied the variant, known as DRD4-7R and carried by roughly 20 percent of all humans, to curiosity and restlessness. Dozens of human studies have found that 7R makes people more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities; and generally embrace movement, change, and adventure. Studies in animals simulating 7R’s actions suggest it increases their taste for both movement and novelty. (Not incidentally, it is also closely associated with ADHD.)"
Of course, the following statement, taken from the reference article, offers a grain of salt.
"According to LoPorto, while carriers of this genetic variant might be “incredibly resourceful, pioneering, creative,” and more predisposed for wanderlust, they also might be “utterly out of control.”"


So,what proportion of FGRVers have the DRD4 7R variant?
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