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Genetic algorithm ‘can accurately predict male sexuality’

13th October 2015

US researchers have devised an algorithm using epigenetic information that offers the ability to accurately predict sexual orientation among males.

The study indicated that analysis of nine regions of the human genome can predict the sexual orientation of males with up to 70 percent accuracy.

Researchers examined patterns of DNA methylation across the genome in pairs of identical male twins, including 37 pairs in which one twin was homosexual and the other was heterosexual, and ten pairs in which both were homosexual.

Further study will now be needed to explain how DNA methylation in those regions may be related to sexual orientation. The team is currently testing the algorithm's accuracy in a more general population of men.

Dr Tuck Ngun, first author on the study and a postdoctoral researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, said: "Sexual attraction is such a fundamental part of life, but it's not something we know a lot about at the genetic and molecular level. I hope that this research helps us understand ourselves better."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801802989-ADNFCR

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