Researchers with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard state that there is no such thing as a single “gay gene” that drives a person’s sexual behavior, according to CBS News. The study conducted also concluded that a person’s attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a mix of genetics and environmental influences.
“This study should support the position that we shouldn’t try to develop gay cures because that’s not in anyone’s interest,” stated researcher Ben Neale, director of genetics with the institute. The study focused on the genetic profiles of over 480,000 people from the United States and the UK. The research team discovered that when they combined certain variants, it only explained less than 1% of any person’s attraction to their own gender.
“It’s effectively impossible to predict an individual’s sexual behavior from their genome,” said Neale. “These findings reinforce the importance of diversity as a key aspect of sexual behavior,” Neale continued.