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    December 13, 2007

    GNW 5: The gay on/off switch

    Posted by: Chris

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    It's a bioethics question with no easy answer. If scientists are able to locate particular genes that indicate a predisposition to be gay, or a likelihood of being gay, should tests be developed to identify it in fetuses, or even treat it out of existence?

    The easy answer is no, that we are a natural part of life and have survived and even flourished through evolution for a reason. Putting aside the prejudice question -- some parents are bigoted while others don't want their children to suffer the prejudice of others -- are there other reasons to create a hetero-only world?

    What if scientists isolated the gene that predisposes gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder?

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    1. Rachel Owens on Dec 13, 2007 10:50:49 PM:

      "What if scientists isolated the gene that predisposes gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder?"

      Why do you ask this question as if the answer would be different than the gay one?

      Fixing either one of these early in life I think would have horrible mental consequences. My bisexuality, intersexuality and transsexuality are integrated into my view of self. If my view of self is suddenly shifted dramatically by altering one or more of those, the results would likely drop me into outright insanity.

    1. Geena The Transgirl on Dec 13, 2007 11:43:17 PM:

      The man has a web site http://tigger.uic.edu/~def/index.html
      I hope it leads to a cure for Autism, Alzheimer’s, or repairing brain damage. That's real science, trying to alter sexual-gender orientation is mad science.

    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 26, 2011 2:58:49 AM:

      trying to alter sexual-gender orientation is mad science.

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