The next time your man cheats, you can blame it on his genes. Itâ€™s not really his fault, but that of his parents. Confused? Well, new research shows that cheating may be an inherited trait. According to the Swedish study, the gene is found in 2 out of every 5 men. Men who carry one or two copies of the geneâ€”letâ€™s call it the â€œcheating geneâ€â€”were twice as likely to cheat, have marital problems, or remain single. Â And if he had 2 copies of the gene, he had twice the risk of marital problems. Women married to men with the gene were more likely to be unhappy with the relationship. Men without the gene were more likely to be faithful and affectionate.
Now imagine this: Your man is snoring and enjoying post-ejaculatory bliss, mouth open and saliva drooling on your silk pillow. You quickly and deftly swab the inside of his cheek, careful not to elicit the gag reflex. You quickly package the collected cells and send them to your local lab for testing. You pray he doesnâ€™t have the dreaded â€œcheatingâ€ gene because you have decided that he is the one (or close enough.) But, as these things go, you get a call from the lab and he has 2 copies of the gene. What do you do now? Do you marry or cut your losses before you dump $10,000 on a wedding? Or do you think to yourself that you are so amazing that he will never consider leaving you despite his genetics? Will you ever be able to trust him, or will you spend one hour a night checking his blackberry, pants pockets, credit card bills and wallet for signs of an affair?
Perhaps it is best not to know and save yourself the anxiety. After all, relationships must be built on trust. But then again, maybe you should check up on his dadâ€™s relationship historyâ€¦â€¦â€¦