Scientists have found that genes are the determinants of age at which loss of virginity occurs. There seems to be more to DNA than we thought.
Researchers have probed into the age at which most teenagers and young adults lose their virginity. This has been found to bear a link with how they manage to cope at school.
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While how they are brought up and the influence of their friends do tend to have a marked effect on the level of promiscuity, the genetic profiles of the individuals counted too.
Differences in DNA account for such a loss of virginity. Other factors such as religion, family and peer pressure made up the rest of the integers in the equation.
Most of the natures of the people were inherited. As for the roles of nature and nurture, they were one-fourth and three-fourth respectively.
Genes that control reproductive capacity as well as release sex hormones and bring about pubertal changes were responsible for the age of loss of virginity. Other jumping genes were found to influence behavior, personality and physiognomy.
A gene termed CADM2 was responsible for risk-taking and early sex. This gene was also linked to having many children. Another gene called MSRA was present in people who were latecomers to sexual intercourse. They showed irritability as the chief trait.
The study was published in the journal Nature.
Also red hair and freckled skin was linked to later loss of virginity among women rather than men. Over 125,000 people were observed as far as their behavior and DNA profiles were concerned.
The average age for sexual intercourse among both women and men was 18 years. Early puberty which occurs as a result of childhood obesity led to a greater chance of losing one’s virginity. This also led to the possibility that the person would fail at improving his or her educational status.
Many factors influenced this choice to have intercourse earlier. Among them were birth order and social class. Via genetic engineering, the discovery of such complex human behavior as sex and sexuality was made a possibility.
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While genetics does have a lot to do with such things as the first times one swaps spit, it plays a minute role in comparison with nurture and the environment which seem to be the defining factors. Friction with the environment was the real causal agent behind promiscuity.