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Is Your Baby Gay? Re-redux

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Back in our March/April issue, we explored the future of DNA testing for homosexuality and predicted it would scramble some of the nation's mostly hotly debated issues: abortion and gay rights. On Monday, both the Los Angeles Times and New York magazine touched on the very same issues.

The Times runs down a major shift in thinking from Exodus International, the nation's largest "ex-gay ministry," who now espouse the view that homosexuality isn't a lifestyle choice but a matter of DNA. New York, in its uniquely superficial way, focuses on finger length, football grips, and hair whorls in exploring the "Science of Gaydar." "One study involving tape-recordings of gay and straight men found that 75 percent of gay men sounded gay to a general audience." The study was featured a year or so ago on 60 Minutes, but the mag touches on new research and previews forthcoming results that will likely help researchers close in on the genetic location of gay genes.

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For now, try not to obsess over whether your baby has a long pointer finger or a counter-clockwise hair whorl.


Is Your Baby Gay? Redux

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