Is the ‘Gay Gene’ a Myth? Scientists Say Homosexuality Impossible to Determine by DNA

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Is the ‘Gay Gene’ a Myth? Scientists Say Homosexuality Impossible to Determine by DNA

By Garrett Haley | christiannews.net

DNA-genes-300x300CHICAGO – The results of a comprehensive scientific study released earlier this year suggest that homosexuality cannot be directly traced to a ‘gay gene,’ but is instead dependent on a variety of factors, including environmental and social influences.

Pro-homosexual activists have long claimed that homosexuality and abnormal “sexual orientations” are primarily caused by genetic factors. They argue that individuals with a hereditary “gay gene” are predisposed toward same-sex attractions and thus unable to appreciate traditional marriages.

However, scientific findings released earlier this year during the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago call this premise into question. During the meeting, Michael Bailey of Northwestern University unveiled comprehensive research results which suggest that genetics alone do not determine “sexual orientation.”

In his research, Bailey and other scientists examined the DNA of 400 men who described themselves as homosexual. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that homosexuality cannot be traced to specific genes.

“The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay,” wrote Ian Sample, science correspondent for The Guardian.

The findings show that it is impossible to accurately predict a person’s sexual behavior by solely examining DNA.

“The flawed thinking behind a genetic test for sexual orientation is clear from studies of twins, which show that the identical twin of a gay man, who carries an exact replica of his brother’s DNA, is more likely to be straight than gay,” The Guardian article continues. “That means even a perfect genetic test that picked up every gene linked to sexual orientation would still be less effective than flipping a coin.”

Alan Sanders, a Northwestern University professor who led the recent study, confirmed that the “gay gene” theory is largely unfounded.

“We don’t think genetics is the whole story,” Sanders stated, according to The Telegraph. “It’s not.”

Though the scientists maintained that genetics do at least partly influence sexual orientation, these recent findings undermine the belief that homosexuality is predetermined. Environmental factors, such as the absence of a father or an unhealthy domestic upbringing, might play significant roles.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association says the scientific findings show that homosexual behavior is ultimately an individual choice.

“Without a genetic causation, sexual preference in behavior is clearly a choice, a choice which no one is compelled to make,” Fischer wrote in a column last week. “And that choice can be evaluated in any number of ways, including whether or not it is good for human health and whether or not same-sex households are sub-optimal nurturing environments for vulnerable young children.”

“If homosexual conduct is ultimately a matter of choice,” Fischer continued, “then the homosexual lobby has nothing, because homosexual conduct is clearly harmful to human beings in any number of ways, not the least of which is serving as the leading cause of HIV/AIDS, which can leave young men disease-ridden and destined for an early grave.”

“I am not persuaded that genes are even a contributing factor,” he added. “But even if they are, the great news is that if individuals are not biologically predetermined to pursue the homosexual lifestyle, then change is possible as a matter of scientific fact. This leads to one simple, salient truth: there is hope for the homosexual.”

7 Comments on “Is the ‘Gay Gene’ a Myth? Scientists Say Homosexuality Impossible to Determine by DNA”

  1. Jesus Is Coming

    So in other words, you can’t be BORNED this way! It clearly shows that the enemy gets involved with a person to cause them to “choose” to become a homosexual. Let us continue to pray for them, for salvation and deliverance.

  2. Paula

    Isn’t it sad that scientists are concluding what GOD concluded in His Word oh so long ago??? If homosexuality is determined by a gene, then so is murder and lying and adultery and gossip and witchcraft and….yes folks, you’ve got the picture. If that is the case, then why did Jesus come? Why shed His blood? Homosexuality, like all other sins is a soul issue and only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse the soul from sin.

  3. Kevin Irving

    In my economics class in college they taught that the water system was contaminated with the human products that society puts into the water via drainage, toilets, and it has an effect on the animal life in the water. The frogs grew multiple legs and mixed sexual organs and such as well as homosexual actions. Then on my own I learned of the effects of soy on men and women which is to give men/boys breast/femine likeness and make women more aggressive/male-like. If there is any scientific validity to homosexuality being in a human in the womb, it has to be due to things eaten or consumed before by the parents or fetus’ thus evil objective achieved to create a homosexual from birth. God doesn’t make flaws like such. God’s patent is and will always be pure and holy and uncontaminated. This is why the importance of fasting was implemented to detox us from all contaminates that bring about controlled mindsets/lifestyles for homosexual tendencies and carnality.

    1. AnitaB

      Amen Kevin, I totally agree, and as someone who was once pre-med, lol, I recall studying similar topics as well, of how things in the environment affect plants, animals, and humans, and can cause all types of genetic mutations and alike. That, along with upbringing, I think is the reason for homosexuality. Man has literally poisoned this wonderful planet that God has blessed us with, from the food, to the air, and water, hence why people are getting cancer and other diseases at such an alarming rate. I personally feel that many of these homosexuals are the way they are because of these types of enviromental hazards as well as poor parenting and the total breakdown of the family structure. If people truly went about things God’s way, instead of doing things their own way, we wouldn’t be dealing with alot of the mess that we are dealing with.

  4. Iris

    Well. we know who will NOT even consider the Possibility that these scientists might actually be right. Bible says we are all born into sin but when God made man, He made us PERFECT, did not put a faulty gene in Adam. He chose to be disobedient. We are all given the choice to turn away from it. Plain and simple. Choose that which is pleasing to God and we will never be in error. Peace :-)

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