Is There A Gay Gene? There have been large-scale studies on same-sex sexual behavior and the role of genes in influencing sexuality. The question is full of controversies and here is a new development in the study.
Massive studies on the genetic basis of human sexuality have revealed after researching nearly half a million genomes that there are five DNA markers. however, the question persists, if there a gay gene, or if genes in any way influence deciding one’s sexuality?
Keep reading the article to uncover the mystery behind the controversy of ‘gay genes’ and to learn more about the role of biology in deciding one’s sexuality.
Is There A Gay Gene?
No, there is no gay gene. According to The New York Times, the latest study suggests that there is no such thing as ‘gay genes’. However, gentics do play a role and are perhaps a third of the influence on one’s sexuality. This is further explained via social and environmental factors.
Benjamin Neale, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, who was also one of the leading researchers on the topic, shut the mouths of homophobic when he confirmed with science that same-sex behavior is normal. The LGBTQ+ community is very much a part of us.
“I hope that the science can be used to educate people a little bit more about how natural and normal same-sex behavior is. It’s written into our genes and it’s part of our environment. This is part of our species and it’s part of who we are.”
According to The Nature, there has been a massive study conducted on nearly half a million genomes, revealing the presence of five DNA markers that are associated with sexual behavior However, none of these have the power to predict the sexuality of an individual.
Response Of People On the Role Of Genes In Sam-Sex Behavior
There have been various concerns raised by people on the internet and by well-known journals, including the journal Science. One concern is, that with this study showing the role of genes in determining one’s sexuality, anti-gay activists could call for gene editing or embryo selection.
Another fear is that now, with people being aware of the partial role played by genes, they would embolden people who insist being gay is a choice and advocate conversion therapy. However, Steven Reilly, a geneticist, has said something about this-
“I deeply disagree about publishing this. It seems like something that could easily be misconstrued. In a world without any discrimination, understanding human behavior is a noble goal, but we don’t live in that world.”
The study pulls a trigger on the heads of the stigmas surrounding the queer community and strikes back at the anti-gay activist who has been riding on the pole of discrimination all along. Dr. Neale, who has been a part of the research since the beginning and is gay, believes that the study is crucial.
“The study shows that diversity is a natural part of our experience and it’s a natural part of what we see in the genetics. I find that to just be beautiful.”