Scientists have discovered the gene that makes people want to be an MP.
The study took place at London University as part of the Human Genome Project.
Researchers investigating personality characteristics isolated a defective gene which was present in every MP‘s genome, past and present.
The gene is closely linked to other characteristics including arrogance, ignorance stubbornness and a craving for power.
The researchers said the defective gene is a recent development, appearing just after WWI.
Lead scientist, Professor J G Hardnib said: “Genes can ‘go rogue’ for many reasons. It may have been the unprecedented stress the world was under at the time, radio waves or improved sanitation, who knows?
“But we start to see a rise in MPitis since that time and, as you can see now, it has become an epidemic.
“As soon as we isolated the gene we began to search for an antidote. The surest way is with gene therapy but that technology is some years off. We could offer sufferers a lobotomy but we somehow don’t think the take-up would be very high.
“Meanwhile we’re researching a vaccine that will dampen the gene’s effects.
One researcher who did not want to be named said: “To prevent the spread of this terrible disease it was suggested that we test babies at birth and, you know… But that was thought a bit too Herod.”
Professor Hardnib continued: “This is probably the most serious disease affecting our planet at the moment and we’ve been given permission to go full steam ahead – although not from the government, naturally.
“All those poor people trapped inside an MP’s body. It doesn’t bear thinking about.”
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