[2011-Jul-17] Evidence for evolutionary and homosexuality

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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Gangler » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:04 pm

Lol. Fair enough. I'm not being judgmental or anything. Honestly the moment (s)he posted I just started getting antsy with anticipation over whether or not that would get a response or not.

Anyway good luck with that conference.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby gavin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:39 pm

Gangler wrote:Lol. Fair enough. I'm not being judgmental or anything. Honestly the moment (s)he posted I just started getting antsy with anticipation over whether or not that would get a response or not.

Anyway good luck with that conference.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby gavin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:28 pm

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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Kimra » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:49 pm

gavin wrote:Any must-haves?

I believe 'awesome'.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Digs » Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:25 am

Especially given our huge genome sequencing ability nowadays, there's no reason to think that there's anything like a 'gay gene;' rather, there should instead be numerous hotspots scattered throughout the genome that act like 'risk factors' for homosexuality, just like there are 'risk factors' for schizophrenia, Crohn's disease, and tallness. Your environment will of course have an impact and interact with your specific genotype to produce an emergent sexual orientation. People with more genetic 'risk' for homosexuality should be more predisposed to being homosexual, just like 'risk' for height are predisposed to tallness. All you'd have to do, if this is the case, is gather a bunch (tens of thousands) of DNA samples and look for gene variants and sites in the genome that are found predominantly in either hetero- or homosexuals and, boom: pieces of the 'gay gene.' But, since it's not really a pressing issue, we'd have to wait a few years for the price of sequencing to go down enough to make the research fundable. It'd really be neat to see what genes and regulators are involved, though, to have a mechanistic understanding of how the two different orientations are biologically wired.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Apocalyptus » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:26 am

But what about bisexuals?
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Astrogirl » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:33 pm

We are just cool like this and don't need no stinking genes.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby gavin » Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:30 pm

Digs wrote:Especially given our huge genome sequencing ability nowadays, there's no reason to think that there's anything like a 'gay gene;' rather, there should instead be numerous hotspots scattered throughout the genome that act like 'risk factors' for homosexuality, just like there are 'risk factors' for schizophrenia, Crohn's disease, and tallness. Your environment will of course have an impact and interact with your specific genotype to produce an emergent sexual orientation. People with more genetic 'risk' for homosexuality should be more predisposed to being homosexual, just like 'risk' for height are predisposed to tallness. All you'd have to do, if this is the case, is gather a bunch (tens of thousands) of DNA samples and look for gene variants and sites in the genome that are found predominantly in either hetero- or homosexuals and, boom: pieces of the 'gay gene.' But, since it's not really a pressing issue, we'd have to wait a few years for the price of sequencing to go down enough to make the research fundable. It'd really be neat to see what genes and regulators are involved, though, to have a mechanistic understanding of how the two different orientations are biologically wired.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby smiley_cow » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:06 pm

gavin wrote:
Apocalyptus wrote:But what about bisexuals?
What about them?


My guess is because sexuality isn't a binary and that's likely to complicate what Digs was proposing.

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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby gavin » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:24 pm

smiley_cow wrote:
gavin wrote:
Apocalyptus wrote:But what about bisexuals?
What about them?


My guess is because sexuality isn't a binary and that's likely to complicate what Digs was proposing.

Fun fact: According to Kinsey, 46% of people are at least somewhat attracted to people of both sexes! Image
Well, it IS complicated. Perhaps the same things that would predispose a person to homosexuality would have a lesser effect if all the conditions are not met (such as the right environmental factors). Perhaps choice does play a larger role for a larger number of people than we thought. I'd personally be careful pursuing that line of thought (choice) because of the groups of people who think choice being part of the equation somehow changes something.

I don't know, hopefully this is one of the last things on the list for scientists to research.
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Re: (July 17, 2011) Evidence for evolutionary and homosexual

Postby Quintushalls » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:41 am

Even if there is a gay gene, I don't think there would be much motivation in "correcting it", if homosexuality was wildly accepted. Instead, the motivation would be so people could become more promiscuous than they would be otherwise. That reminds me of the SMBC Theater short, The Wish, where the guy wants to be bisexual. Even if it is genetic, being gay could become a choice. Evolution would just follow the choices.

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