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The Biology of Homosexuality$
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Jacques Balthazart

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199838820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199838820.001.0001

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A Genetic or Immunological Mechanism Underlying Homosexuality?

A Genetic or Immunological Mechanism Underlying Homosexuality?

10 A Genetic or Immunological Mechanism Underlying Homosexuality?
The Biology of Homosexuality

Jacques Balthazart

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews studies on genetic mechanisms (control of predispositions) depending on the interaction of several genes that may play an important role in determining sexual orientation. These include studies on the concordance of sexual orientation in monozigotic and dizygotic twins, maternal transmission and the Xq28 region of the X chromosome, and attempts to identify in the Xq28 region one or more genes that may contribute to the determinism of sexual orientation.

Keywords:   sexual orientation, homosexuality, genetics, X chromosome, genes

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