Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Gay newspaper disavows gay gene research

A front-page San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reports:
“I’ve said this multiple times: Why are we so obsessed with studying homosexuality?” Risch said. “Why not genetics of religiosity? Or genetics of homophobia? Racism? Why this?”

Risch joined many other scientists across the country in asking whether it is appropriate to keep spending time and money pursuing a genetic explanation for sexual orientation, when other human behaviors — never mind hundreds of heritable diseases — remain under-explored.

Geneticists have been hunting for a clue in human DNA that would help explain sexuality since the early 1990s, when a scientist at the National Institutes of Health claimed to have found a “gay gene” that was passed from mothers to sons. His initial work has never been successfully replicated, but dozens of other studies have been done since then looking for other genetic ties.
The article strangely does not answer the question. It is true that the heritability of homosexuality is probably not much different from hundreds of other behaviors.

The simple explanation is that the gay lobby did some market research, and discovered that the public was more accepting of same-sex marriage and other gay rights proposals if they believed that homosexuality was genetic. So they cooked up phony scientific evidence for a gay gene.
It’s especially unsettling when sexual orientation is already a stigmatized, highly political issue, and it’s easy for even the most benign results to be misinterpreted, Reilly said. Already, he’d seen evidence on social media of people using the Broad Institute findings to support the long-disproved concept that sexual orientation is a choice, because it isn’t defined by one single gay gene.
No, it is not a long-disproved concept. That was just the earlier propaganda that homosexuality is genetic, and not a choice.

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