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Saturday, 29 May 2004

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(BOSTON) - Scientists have isolated the gene responsible for manager-like behavior, according to a study to be published in next month's Journal of New England Medicine.

The family of genes, collectively known as "Bossy" (BS-06), is believed to be crucial in the development of domineering, self-important, and otherwise meddlesome behavior in adult humans. Scientists are working to confirm the gene's existence in others species - most notably chimps, baboons, and gorillas.

"We suspected that the gene would be found near the genetic sequence for bullying, and boy were we right," said researcher Dr. Steven Drays. "There's also evidence that the ‘butt-covering' gene may be related, though we haven't been able to find a direct link as of yet."

Scientists hope to finish mapping the entire manager genome by 2007. "It's not like the code is all that complex," said Drays. "It's just very repetitive."

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