A Genetic Study Looking at the Natural Diversity of Human Sexuality

September 04, 2019
A new international study looking at same-sex sexual relations did not find a "gay gene," but it did find thousands of genetic variants that influence same-sex sexual behavior. Across all the thousands of genetic variants found they explain somewhere between 8 and 25 percent of the variation in same-sex sexual behavior. The genetic variants identified are far from being predictive of same-sex sexual behavior. The study is the largest of its kind ever done.
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Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Partially Influenced by Genetics

August 29, 2019
A new genetic study found thousands of genetic variants associated with same-sex sexual behavior, but did not find any evidence of a so-called "gay gene."
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23andMe Celebrates Pride Month

June 29, 2018
As Pride Month comes to an end, 23andMe would like to take a moment to celebrate our LGBTQ+ research participants and employees. Whether they’re contributing data or analyzing it, the quality of our science wouldn’t be the same without them.
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23andMe Studies the Genetics of Sexual Orientation

November 07, 2012
(Editor’s note: Here’s a link to Emily’s poster presented at ASHG.) Earlier this year 23andMe began surveying its customers to study the genetics of sexual orientation. It is now the...
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Highlighting 23andMe Research at ASHG 2012

July 29, 2012
Team 23andMe will again have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. We’ve been at this gathering of geneticists and those interested in...
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Do Ask, Do Tell

March 30, 2012
This week 23andMe will begin surveying its members to study the biology of sexual orientation. The survey was prompted in part by customer interest, and fueled by our own scientific...
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