Shane and his fellow researchers compared the entrepreneurial activity of 870 pairs of identical twins -- who share 100% of their genes -- and 857 pairs of same-sex fraternal twins -- who share 50% -- to see how much of entrepreneurial behavior is genetic and how much is environmental.
The mathematics behind quantitative genetic modeling are rather complicated, but the upshot was fairly straightforward: Entrepreneurs, the researchers concluded, are about 40% born and 60% made. Ten to 15 years from now, genetically advantaged entrepreneurs might be identified through DNA testing or psychological surveys, Shane says.
Some academics go further: University of Cambridge clinical neuropsychology professor Barbara Sahakian, lead author of a recent study on entrepreneurial risk taking published in Nature, says that drugs used to manipulate dopamine levels might be employed to enhance entrepreneurship.
-Mount, Ian. "Are Entrepeneurs Born or Made?" Fortune Small Business. Dec 9, 2009.
Moving away from Murder Genes. This study was able to prove entrepreneurship tendencies via genetic modeling. Now, they are even trying to modify and manipulate this gene. Is this advancing science? It doesn't take a great leap in logic to see the dangers to this behavior and research.
ie. "Let's make the perfect entrepreneur."
Have you heard the term eugenics? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
Is science moving toward a neo-nazi model? Should we be stopping this research mentality before it gets out of control?