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June 03, 2005

Genetics update

For those of you who spend all day flying around looking for poop, scientists have some evidence that your sexual orientation may be genetic.

For those of you in the other three categories -- (a) you fly around all day not looking for poop; (b) you look for poop all day but can't fly; and (c) you can't fly and merely try to avoid the stuff when it's on the sidewalk -- well, the scientists have reached their conclusion but don't have the evidence yet:

"The results are so clean and compelling, the whole field of the genetic roots of behavior is moved forward tremendously by this work," said Dr. Michael Weiss, chairman of the department of biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. "Hopefully this will take the discussion about sexual preferences out of the realm of morality and put it in the realm of science."
Weiss notes that humans are "complicated," but that obviously doesn't stop him from drawing conclusions based on fruit flies. On the other hand, some of the fruit flies described in the article sound a lot like guys I went to college with.

UPDATE (6/4): Scrappleface says "Fruit Flies Prove Homosexuality Caused by Scientists."