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By Kate Kelland
LONDON (Reuters) – A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behavior has confirmed there is no single “gay gene” but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners.
The research, which analyzed data on DNA and sexual experiences from almost half a million people, found there are thousands of genetic variants linked to same-sex sexual behavior, most with very small effects.
Five of the genetic markers were “significantly” associated with same-sex behavior, the researchers said, but even these are far from being predictive of a person’s sexual preferences.
“We scanned the entire human genome and found a handful – five to be precise – of locations that are clearly associated with whether a person reports in engaging in same-sex sexual behavior,” said Andrea Ganna, a biologist at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland who co-led the research.
He said these have “a very small effect” and, combined, explain “considerably less than 1% of the variance in the self-reported same-sex sexual behavior.”
This means that non-genetic factors – such as environment, upbringing, personality, nurture – are far more significant in influencing a person’s choice of sexual partner, just as with most other personality, behavioral and physical human traits, the researchers said.
The study – the largest of its kind – analyzed survey responses and performed analyses known as genome-wide association studies (GWAS) on data from more than 470,000 people who had given DNA samples and lifestyle information to the UK Biobank and to the U.S. genetics testing company 23andMeInc.
Asked why they had wanted to conduct such research, the team told reporters on a teleconference that previous studies on this topic had mostly been too small to offer robust conclusions.
“Previous studies were small and underpowered,” Ganna said. “So we decided to form a large international consortium and collected data for (almost) 500,000 people, (which) is approximately 100 times bigger than previous studies on this topic.”
The results, published in the journal Science on Thursday, found no clear patterns among genetic variants that could be used to meaningfully predict or identify a person’s sexual behavior, the researchers said.
“We’ve clarified that there’s a lot of diversity out there,” said Benjamin Neale, a member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard who worked with Ganna. “This moves our understanding (of same-sex sex) to a deeper and more nuanced place.”
Sexual rights campaigners welcomed the study, saying it “provides even more evidence that being gay or lesbian is a natural part of human life”.
“This new research also re-confirms the long established understanding that there is no conclusive degree to which nature or nurture influence how a gay or lesbian person behaves,” said Zeke Stokes of the U.S.-based LGBTQ rights group, GLAAD.
(Additional reporting by Will Dunham in Washington, editing by Gareth Jones)
Note: I have added the bold print for emphasis.
Elah Ministries, Inc. incorporates more than just healing, articles, testimonies, and encouragement for abuse survivors. I have 8 published books that you may enjoy, both fiction and non-fiction. All are Christian genre. I also have a website, blogs, and facebook that you may want to check out.
All is shown below with links to each. I hope they can be an inspiration to you and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to enter in the comment section. I would greatly appreciate your sharing so others may find inspiration, too.
http://www.elahministriesinc.com – a variety of articles, books, testimonies, and humor.
http://www.SuesPen2Paper.com – A wide variety of just about everything.
http://www.awriterscorner.blog – Ever wonder about a writer’s life? This author’s experiences with writing books and the publishing world.
http://www.cybersupportgroup.org – Help and hope for Sexual abuse survivors. Testimonies, articles, encouragement, and a place to feel safe to add your voice.
http://www.facebook.com/elahministries – Books, articles, and encouragement.
I Am – Devotional Style Short Stories is a compilation of true-to-life short stories based on Biblical principles. Some of the stories are based on the author’s own experiences. Be prepared to ponder and maybe even laugh.
“Brian’s” true story is a testimony of courage and determination. “Dumped” at age four in 1937, will he find those who “dumped” him? Can he ever find God’s joy, peace, and salvation? The Narrow Road will make you laugh, cry, and keep you reading.Available: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=The+Narrow+Road+-+sue+cass&ref=nb_sb_noss
The Carmichael family could be any family in America. Surviving World War 2 they head West to begin a new life. Will they survive being stranded in a snow storm? Will Joan’s faith in Christ change her husbands atheist views? Three children caught in the middle. Suspense that will keep you turning the pages.
Carla and her five year old daughter move to a small southern beach town after the death of her husband. Their peace and joy is suddenly stripped away by a stranger. Loaded with suspense! If you love mystery, you’ll love Dawn’s Light.
Filled with exciting twists, intrigue, and heartwarming romance. Pursuit has a strong sense of family as Margaret, Clay, and their two daughters lives intertwine. Chris is a force to be reckoned with in Atlanta courtrooms while Teri takes a dream job in California. Easy, enjoyable reading by the pool or by the fireplace.
Sue’s autobiography is as transparent as any book you will ever read! Her true story of becoming a Christian and the suffering, struggles, and sacrifices she made in learning to be obedient, trusting Christ, and totally depending on Him while having to give up her stubborn, independence to find a faith-filled relationship with Jesus. Heartfelt and inspirational that will leave you evaluating your own faith.
Have you ever been on a roller coaster? This true story is the roller coaster of faith that the author chose to ride when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Filled with the mountains and the valleys of faith as her “ride” continues through the valleys and deserts while learning the tricks of Satan. Will she come out on the top of the mountain or remain in the valley? Will she walk in boldness and confidence or turn back to her old ways? A sneak peak at the full story in Laying Down my Net – A Walk of Faith.
Sue challenges us to look within and take a closer look at what we believe. Seek My Face is thought provoking with encouragement to both Christians and non-Christians. Take a journey of inner reflection of where we are, where we’ve been, and what our future may hold. Timely, challenging, and prophetic. A must read!
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Sometimes the best way to deal with our mistakes is sit down and just have a good ole belly laugh.
Life’s banquet table offers up a wide variety of circumstances that each of us may encounter. I AM is a compilation of true-to-life short stories that will bring hope, joy, and maybe a chuckle or two that are based on Biblical principles. Sue Cass has brought to life situations and circumstances that we face in this journey we call life. Some of the stories are based on actual events in the author’s journey.
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