When advocates tell us, implicitly and explicitly, over and over and over again, that they want to suppress science they find ideologically inconvenient, it is important to believe them and to figure out ways to foil their attempts to do so
Sabeti lab members’ cautionary perspectives on recent sexual orientation GWAS featured in the
There is no one "gay gene," a study of nearly half a million people found. The largest study of same-sex behavior ever, it found many genes play a role in sexuality, along with environmental factors.
There’s no “gay gene,” the largest genetic study of same-sex sexual behavior finds. Many genes are involved, plus environmental and social factors. Because sexuality is, well, complicated.
Balanced coverage of the complexities and findings in new work from and others with data from & @23andMe Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’
An interesting piece not only for the findings of the the largest study done thus far on genetic influences on sexuality—but also for the handwringing on whether to publicize what the results indicate.
Here we go again... Over few decades, science has gone from the hunt for the “gay gene” to searching for it in epigenetic profiling, and now to scanning GWAS data for SNPs. Yet, the purpose of this quest remains questionable across all the biotechnology.
Great reporting by on the complexities of what this study finds (and doesn't), and more importantly why this was done.
This is completely fascinating. And oooh boy is it a lot to think about. Some initial thoughts: 1. The take away is that sexuality & sexual orientation is massively complex. This seems self-evident but is not often the way it's popularly talked about.
A years-long study analyzing the genetic data of 408,000 men and women found that there might be thousands of genes influencing same-sex sexual behavior, each in a tiny way. Mostly, though, it found that same-sex sexuality is super complicated.
There’s no “gay gene,” the largest genetic study of same-sex sexual behavior finds. Many genes are involved, plus environmental and social factors. Because sexuality is, well, complicated.
"BuT hOmOsExUaLiTy Is A cHoIcE."
“I grew up in a highly religious evangelical family,” said Dr. Wedow, who is gay. “This wasn’t something I, of all people, would have chosen.” Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’
There Is No Single ‘Gay Gene’ - Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, by via #LGBTQI2S #genomics
Read more in 's lovely summary just out in the
Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’
The genetics of same-sex sexual behaviour study has also been covered by The New York Times
Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’
Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’
GAY GENES—This definitely contradicts earlier work in males showing that Xq28 and the 8th chromosome were associated with homosexuality—but also show that many genetic variants had very small effects
“I struggle to understand the motivations behind a genome-wide association study for non-heterosexual behavior. I have yet to see a compelling argument that the potential benefits of this study outweigh its potential harms.”
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