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The Council for Responsible Genetics Brief on Sexual Orientation

The Position Paper by The Council for Responsible Genetics from The Council for Responsible Genetics

There’s been a fair bit of controversial research done on attempting to find the genetic origin of homosexuality. Dean Hamer’s 1993 publication “A Linkage Between DNA Markers on the X Chromosome and Male Sexual Orientation,” in Science regarding his research of the markers on a region of the X chromosome called Xq28 is one that is often cited, and also highly contentious. You can find it here.

A short video of Dean Hamer discussing his research:

You may want to compare his studies with follow up studies that contradict his findings which showed that his “results do not support an X-linked gene underlying male homosexuality:”
“Male Homosexuality: Absence of Linkage to Microsatellite Markers at Xq28” (Science 23 April 1999: Vol. 284 no. 5414 pp. 665-667)

In the popular media you can see how these issues are still being debated and represented:

You can compare that report with:

And the 2012 article in Time:

For one interpretation as to the evolutionary role of homosexuality:

Here is a pretty good bibliography of literature discussing the history of homosexuality:

And finally, just for fun, if you want to know my secret guilty pleasure, here are the two astrology sites I visit every once and while when I’m in need of some entertaining online augury:

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