Doomed to failure by 'poverty gene'Scottish scientists have discovered a "poverty gene" which causes people from deprived areas to age rapidly and pass on health problems to the next generation. It might even explain negative attitudes to employment.
Deprivation can lead to an overactive immune system, which quickly uses up the body's supply of spare cells needed to keep aging at bay.
Most astonishing of all, it is suspected that a hyperactive immune system floods the brain with a cocktail of chemicals which suppress the natural desire for self-advancement.
The study, by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, is the first time the full extent of the link between health, genetics and poverty has been looked at scientifically. The findings suggest that poverty is not simply the result of idleness and that more resources should be ploughed into tackling health inequality to break the cycle of deprivation.
But couldn’t linking poverty to genetic traits have the opposite effect by encouraging the view that the poor should be abandoned as a lost cause?
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