Genetic Variation Linked to Individual Empathy, Stress Levels, Oregon State University Study  
11/17/2009 7:18:48 AM

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Oregon State -- CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have discovered a genetic variation that may contribute to how empathetic a human is, and how that person reacts to stress. In the first study of its kind, a variation in the hormone/neurotransmitter oxytocin’s receptor was linked to a person’s ability to infer the mental state of others.