A landmark study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine has proved conclusively that the gene for empathy is largely absent in people with deficient melanin in their skin.
"The results are truly fascinating and have confirmed a long-held hypothesis," said Dr. Tim Smith, geneticist at Oxford University and lead author on the study.
According to the results of the study, melanin, the pigment that makes skin and hair not white, apparently does not travel on the same chromosome with empathy.
"The less melanin a person has," Dr. Smith explained, "the less likely they are to feel empathy toward others and be able to put themselves in another person's position for even one minute."
The study also found the same genetic sequence lacked the protein responsible for critical thinking and resistance to false equivalencies.