'Happy gene' found exclusively in women, research shows

'Happy gene' found exclusively in women, research shows

'Happy gene' found exclusively in women, research shows

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by WHAS11

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Posted on August 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

(WHAS11) -- The recently identified "happy gene" can only be found in women.

Researchers say they have identified the gene that seems to make women happier than men. It is called monoamine oxidase A, or MAOA. The gene is connected to neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are "feel-good" chemicals that are often targeted by antidepressants.

For some women, the gene keeps those important chemicals in the body more, which in turn boosts their mood. Researchers say that the gene does not seem to work the same way in men.

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