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Now we’ve dispensed with the nonsense “gay gene” trope, let’s interrogate the way we talk about genetics and traits full stop

A recent study shows there is no one gene that determines homosexuality, but confusion still lingers on the predictive power of our genetic constitution. Far more interrogation is needed before the discussion reflects the reality of what genes "do" 

By Philip Ball  

Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images

Some people once felt that the reason to look for a “gay gene” was so that it could be eliminated. Under the headline “Abortion hope after ‘gay genes’,” in 1993 the Daily Mail wrote “Isolation of the genes [causing homosexuality] means it could soon be possible to predict whether a baby will be gay and give the mother the option of an abortion.”

Revisiting that reporting now it has been announced that there is no “gay gene” shows us how much has changed over less than three decades in public…

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