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January 1 2013

Study finds epigenetics, not genetics, underlies homosexuality


Epigenetics how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches, called epi-marks appears to be a critical and overlooked factor contributing to the long-standing puzzle of why homosexuality occurs.

According to the study, published online today in The Quarterly Review of Biology, sex-specific epi-marks, which normally do not pass between generations and are thus "erased," can lead to homosexuality when they escape erasure and are transmitted from father to daughter or mother to son.

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