A team of scientists have revealed the genetic basis of serendipity. The gene SDPT1, which has never been discovered before, increases the likelihood of being involved in fortuitous happenstances.
The researchers, from the University of Sagacity, were looking for the genes that foster fortune-telling, as part of a project sponsored by Crystal Balls UK.
Dr Simon Dipity accidentally dropped a syringe which pierced his jeans and stuck in his right thigh. When he reached into his pocket to get a tissue, to his surprise he found a £20 note, which he later used to bet on a race-horse which won at 50-1.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team analysed his blood sample, and "by chance we came across this gene, SDPT1, that controls serendipity." When others in the team checked out their genomes, none of them had SDPT1.
Dr Dipity was originally a postman but embarked on his career as a genetic scientist when, by chance, whilst looking for a house number, he bumped into an old school friend who had just started at Medical School.
"It was like something just clicked. At the time, I was a keen fan of the 'Three Princes of Serendip' - a local pop group who appeared at 'fortuitous happenstance' gigs."
Dr Dipity's mother, Sally Dipity, said "He was born lucky. Just after I got married, I was on my hands and knees in the bedroom looking for my earring. Next thing I knew I was pregnant with Simon.
We wanted to call him 'Fortuitous Happenstance', but we couldn't really spell it then, so we settled for Simon."