Large study identifies numerous genes associated with risk tolerance and risky behaviors

Medical Xpress | January 14, 2019

An international group of scientists has identified 124 genetic variants associated with a person's willingness to take risks, as reported in a study published today in Nature Genetics. The scientists highlight that no variant on its own meaningfully affects a particular person's risk tolerance or penchant for making risky decisions, and non-genetic factors matter more for risk tolerance than genetic factors. Yet, taken together, the genetic variants identified in the study shed light on some of the biological mechanisms that influence a person's willingness to take risks.
The study shows evidence of shared genetic influences across both an overall measure of risk tolerance and many specific risky behaviors. It is one of the largest genetics studies to date and is based on the genetic information from over one million individuals with European ancestry much larger than any previous study on the genetics of risk tolerance.

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