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Thursday, October 22, 2015

A scientist claims find gay gene

A scientist claims to have discovered the gay gene. He claimed to be able to predict whether a man has the potential of same-sex love by just looking at their DNA. From the tests conducted, the scientists admit 70% accurate.

By comparing the DNA of 47 pairs of twins, Dr Tuck Ngun of UCLA says that he has identified "epigenetic marks" in nine areas of the human genome are strongly associated with male homosexuality. Of the 47 pairs, 37 pairs identified as one of the hetero and gay, and 10 pairs of both gay.

"To our knowledge, this is the first example of a predictive model for sexual orientation based on molecular markers," said Dr. Ngun, as reported by Metro.co.uk.
Dr Tuck Ngun, UCLA. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LZEl5I)
However, British scientists were more skeptical, consider this research has not been feasible to be published. "Epigenetics is still relatively young science, and although there is great potential, very little is known about the mechanisms that make up an individual's epigenetic landscape," said Dr Eric Miska, a geneticist at the University of Cambridge.

While Darren Griffin from the University of Kent, said that the claims of Dr. Ngun is a bold step. "I was pounding to wait for the full article when it was published in the journal," he said.

Some LGBT activists also concerned with these findings. They fear that if it is misused by homophobic parents, for example, to abort their "gay" fetus.

"Any attempt to exploit this study, for the purpose of homophobic, certainly fail," added Griffin. "Homosexuality has existed in every individual in every era. It is part of the natural spectrum of human sexuality. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | METRO.CO.UK]
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