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  1. Canis VY Majoris
    December 8, 2017

    So there’s a ‘gay’ gene after all 😏

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  2. Delle
    December 8, 2017

    Yasssss! I’m no alien!

    Phew! 🚶

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  3. Tobee
    December 8, 2017

    I would wait with ‘bated’ breath for this to be replicated. Hamer’s finding of the gene on chromosome Xq28 was not replicated in a subsequent study. It also feels intuitively misleading to suppose that a complex human behavioural trait such as sexual orientation would be explained by a couple of genes.

    Notwithstanding, I am aware that potential benefits of this finding include being able to say that being gay is a genetic trait. I guess I am just recommending caution in embracing this finding.

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  4. Bloom
    December 8, 2017

    I thought a ‘gay gene’ would have been much more exciting news, but this one is doing me somehow. Like, what about gay women? Women can be gay too, no?

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  5. trystham
    December 8, 2017

    Amd does this consider gay men acting out their sexuality against those not? Certain proteins are released at certain points in life so until it considers this study among children (how that wan go work, I no know),…#sigh questions, questions

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    • Tobee
      December 9, 2017

      True, misclassification bias is one of the limitations of sexual orientation studies. Ascertaining sexual orientation is very subjective, if I deny being gay, you can’t prove I am otherwise.

      Perhaps the ideal study would have identified an objective correlate of sexual orientation which would be measured, and be carried out in an environment where there is no incentive to deny one’s sexual orientation.

      But even if we satisfied these criteria, it’s unlikely we’d find a handful of genes determining such a complicated phenomenon as sexual orientation; there are likely to be several hundreds at least.

      Personally, I feel we still haven’t fully understood the concept of sexual orientation; for example, some scientists think sexual orientation is a component of a package of gendered traits i.e traits that differ between males and females. This line of thinking suggests that being gay means the individuals’ brains are slightly shifted in the direction of the opposite sex, and there is some evidence suggesting this. Carried to its extreme, this could suggest that being gay is a mild form of being transgender wherein one’s brain/mind identifies as a gender that is opposite to that of one’s body! So, can sexual orientation be a component of gender identity? (i.e how you place yourself in your mind – as masculine or feminine).

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