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Monday, 2 July 2007

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(Princeton) - Scientists at Princeton have discovered a new male gene that predisposes some men to have an avid interest in sports. The "sports" gene occurs most commonly in younger men, 18-39.

The new gene discovery may explain why many men are sports fanatics and why they forego many activities, such as shopping trips, lawn mowing and house repair, in favor of watching sports events on TV.

According to a spokesperson for the discovery, "The sports gene can cause men to become addicted to one, a few, or a number of sports. The gene may produce an avid interest in not only major sports, such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer but may also cause men to watch, with rapt attention, lesser active sports on TV such as golf, auto racing, tennis, poker and fishing".

The male sports gene has a number of drawbacks, and may cause men with the gene to override or procastinate undertaking minor family duties, obligations and manly chores.

Scientists are working on a gene-splicing technique to convert the sports gene into a clean-out-the-garage gene.

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