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Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior

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Science  30 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6456, eaat7693
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7693

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The genetics of sexual orientation

Twin studies and other analyses of inheritance of sexual orientation in humans has indicated that same-sex sexual behavior has a genetic component. Previous searches for the specific genes involved have been underpowered and thus unable to detect genetic signals. Ganna et al. perform a genome-wide association study on 493,001 participants from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden to study genes associated with sexual orientation (see the Perspective by Mills). They find multiple loci implicated in same-sex sexual behavior indicating that, like other behavioral traits, nonheterosexual behavior is polygenic.

Science, this issue p. eaat7693; see also p. 869

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