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Ethics of genetic research on same-sex sexual behaviour

The ethics of research into the genetics of sexuality is not straightforward. A new study by Zietsch et al. investigates a hypothesis for the evolutionary basis of same-sex sexual behaviour. This increases our understanding of the genetics of complex behaviour, raising questions about whether and how such knowledge should be used.

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Correspondence to Julian Savulescu.

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The authors declare no competing interests. J.S. is a Partner Investigator on Australian Research Council grant LP190100841, which involves industry partnership from Illumina. He does not personally receive any funds from Illumina.

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Savulescu, J., Earp, B.D. & Schuklenk, U. Ethics of genetic research on same-sex sexual behaviour. Nat Hum Behav 5, 1123–1124 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-021-01164-y

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