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The Biology of Homosexuality

Jacques Balthazart


This book presents a simple description of the biological mechanisms that are involved in the determination of sexual orientation in animals and also presumably in humans. Using scientific studies published over the last few decades, it argues that sexual orientation, both homosexual and heterosexual, is under the control of embryonic endocrine and genetic phenomena in which there is little room for individual choice. The book begins with animal studies of the hormonal and neural mechanisms that control the so-called instinctive behaviors and analyzes how this animal work may potentially apply ... More

Keywords: biological mechanisms, sexual orientation, homosexuality, heterosexuality, embryonic endocrine phenomena, genetic phenomena, individual choice, animal studies, instinctive behaviors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199838820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Balthazart, author
GIGA Neurosciences, University of Liege, Belgium