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Wanderlust Gene Test

$129.00

Do you love adventure, travelling and discovering new places? You may be one of those people with the “wanderlust” gene. Find out whether thrill seeking is in your DNA.

• Detects the “wanderlust” version of the DRD4 gene
• People who inherit at least one allele of 7 or more repeats (7R+) are more likely to travel often, take risks, explore new places, try new food and be sexually adventurous
• 100% private and confidential online results

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Description

Detailed Description

The “wanderlust” gene is a genetic variant of the DRD4 gene. This variant is also known as the 7R+ version of the dopamine receptor.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter or a chemical made in the brain that gives us feelings of reward and pleasure. The dopamine receptor D4 (encoded by the DRD4 gene) binds dopamine and transmits the signal into the cells.
The “wanderlust” variant of DRD4 binds dopamine less efficiently, compared to the common 4R version. As a result reduced levels of the dopamine “feel good” signal is transmitted in the brain.
People with this variant need higher dopamine levels to achieve the same “feel good” effects, and appear to increase dopamine levels through novelty-seeking behaviour such as traveling, exploring and sexual activity.
Are you an explorer by nature? Do you constantly daydream about exploring uncharted territories or trying new things?
Learning more about your genetic make-up can help you to understand your personality better, and help you plan your lifestyle in terms of career directions and types of projects to match your unique DNA.

The Genetics 

DNA changes in the DRD4 gene often occur in a 48 base pair repeat region, where the number of repeats can range from 2 – 11.
We inherit two copies of the DRD4 gene – one from each of our parents. Therefore, it’s possible to inherit two identical copies of the gene (e.g. both 3R) or two different copies (e.g. 3R and 8R) of the gene.
The “wanderlust” DNA test establishes the length of the repeat region within DRD4. It can specify the number of repeats at each copy. Inheriting at least one copy of the 7R+ allele, which includes 7R, 8R, 9R, 10R and 11R, is associated with an increased likelihood to travel, explore, and discover new foods, places and people.

Discover More

Around 20% of the people around the world have the “wanderlust” gene. But, the prevalence varies significantly between different ethnicities. It’s rare in East and South Asian populations, but is common in the Americas.
One explanation for this is that “wanderlust” drove our ancestors to move out of Africa, to explore the world and populate it. Indeed, studies indicate a link between the “wanderlust” gene and historical migrations.
People who stayed closer to their origins have a lower proportion of the “wanderlust” gene, compared to those who migrated further. Migratory people, like the Mayans, are much more likely to have the 7R+ version than those populations that were more sedentary.
So, it’s entirely possible that lower levels of dopamine and the accompanying restlessness associated with the “wanderlust” gene is what drove Vikings to discover North America, or the Polynesians to venture out into the open sea with nothing but stars to guide them.

How it Works

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COLLECT & SEND
Quick and painless DNA sample collection in the comfort of your own home. Mail your sample back to our lab for testing.
VIEW RESULTS
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The “Wanderlust” Gene in the News

“…coded in DNA: a genetic inclination. And the DRD4 gene, particularly in its lengthier seven-repeat form, or allele, as it’s called in genetics-speak, could have some degree of influence on why someone feels the pull to travel the world by train for a year…”

– Huffington Post

“…research by the University of California suggested the 7R allele was more prevalent in migratory cultures than in settled ones, supporting the idea of a so-called “wanderlust gene.”

– The Telegraph

“… the mutant form of the DRD4 gene, 7r, results in people who are “more likely to take risks; explore new places, ideas, foods, relationships, drugs, or sexual opportunities,” he went on to say that bearers of this gene, “generally embrace movement, change, and adventure.”

– Elite Daily

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