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"Our result says that genes are involved in male sexual orientations, although they certainly do not determine a person's sexual orientation," said Dean Hamer, an author of the study. (St.Louis Dispatch)

The growing fad to closely examine gay men and lesbians to find out what causes their emotional and sexual orientation towards members of their own sex has caused a stir in both scientific and religious communities. Many researchers on a quest to reveal the mystery of human sexuality have exploited genetic determination of sexual orientation. 'Born gay' is the idea that homosexuality is genetic. The scientific community has released information that genes predetermine links homosexuality and genetics. However, there are flaws that contradict what researchers say. 'Born that way' is neither new nor proven. In this paper, I will enlighten my audience on the lack of scientific evidence and contradicting flaws in the scientific findings based on a study done by Simon LeVay.

Simon LeVay studied human sexuality and brain structure. His studies are often used to help the scientific community to build their own ideas.

'Time and again I have been described as someone who 'proved that homosexuality is genetic''I did not'

Simon LeVay in The Sexual Brain, p.122 (qtd. In What Causes Homosexuality, p. 23)

The neuroscientist, LeVay, conducted a study of the brains of corpses, which included 6 women, 19 homosexual males and 16 straight men. In the process of conducting his examination, he found a small area of the brain that was the same size in homosexual males and women. The INAH-3 was larger in straight men. These finding suggested that this could be the evidence that would link genetics and homosexuality. (Calvery p. 23) This was the information that reached the media and that the scientific community embraced.

However, there were 19 homosexual men who died of complications due to the HIV virus, 6 heterosexual men who died from AIDS complications, and the 6 women had died of various causes. The most obvious problem with LeVay's study is that all the homosexual men died after a long period of being infected with HIV, which could have affected the size of the INAH-3, ...

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