We never quite know what to make of these stories…
Australian researchers have found suggestive evidence that transgender identities are genetic. From the BBC:
DNA analysis from 112 male-to-female transsexual volunteers showed they were more likely to have a longer version of the androgen receptor gene.
The genetic difference may cause weaker testosterone signals, the team reported in Biological Psychiatry.
However, other genes are also likely to play a part, they stressed.
Increasingly, biological factors are being implicated in gender identity.
Now, we’re obviously curious to know why people are gay, straight, trans and the such, but opening up this can of worms also invites genetic manipulation.
For example, if this can be nailed down, so to speak, does that mean women may one day be able to determine prenatally whether or not their child will be trans? If that happens, will said woman abort her “abnormal” baby. Then again, such evidence suggests being trans is, in fact, quite normal. What say you, reader? Should scientists be searching for the reason why people “deviate” from the norm, or should we turn our backs on such research?