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Scientists Think Clues To Your Sexual Orientation Can Be Found In Earwax

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Of all the bodily secretions that can be studied to determine genetic details, one of the least sexy ones we can think of may provide insight into sexual orientation.

Scientists at Philadelphia’s Monell Center are claiming that earwax can actually prove whether or not someone is gay, among other genetic details.

If you’re now thinking about ways to snag the leftover Q-tips of that hot guy who pings your gaydar at the gym to run some tests, read on.

Organic chemist and senior author of the study George Preti is convinced that the gunk that builds up in your ears actually contains a wealth of genetic material that can be used to prove all sorts of things, not just your gayness.

“Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status. We think it possible that earwax may contain similar information.”

Head on over to The Daily Mail to read all the gory details about the different types of earwax and even some differences in the earwax that can be used to identify ethnicity.

As for us, we’ll continue to be fascinated, kinda grossed out, and wondering which bodily secretion we’ll be outed by next.

On:           Feb 17, 2014
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    • Callum

      Excuse me if I treat this with extreme scepticism – the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for quality journalism.

      Feb 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann

      The Daily Mail is known as quality journalism by the idiots who read it.

      Feb 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Respect4all

      Remind me to get my ears cleaned.

      Feb 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alohatad

      How funny. This article jumped out at me as that relates to one of my most unique features. I have self cleaning ears. I hear a click, and the ball of wax is at the end of the canal waiting for me to dispose of it. My doctor buddy says that is how it ideally works when all your passages are clear and in alignment – but I’ve never met anyone else who has this attribute. Now I have to read about the earwax and see what’s up!

      Feb 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Nice to see they cured cancer first…..wait…

      Feb 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis

      In the other news of science, did anyone else read that article on genes and their influence on male sexuality. Quite fascinating. Genetics is quite intriguing. Looks like “born this way” is only part of the equation.


      Feb 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve318

      The easiest test to determine if two guys are straight or gay is to have them kiss. If they like it they’re gay, if they don’t they’re straight. If they’re undecided they’re a 1-5. Of course the next step is the teat for honesty, but that’s a different discussion.

      Feb 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NateOcean

      Aural Sex?

      Feb 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • newecreator

      @NateOcean: LOL

      Feb 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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