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Offline Janes Groove

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Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:49:26 am »
Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/born-way-researchers-explore-science-gender-identity-050852957.html

Reuters/By Daniel Trotta   08/03/2017

A?- consortium of five research institutions in Europe and the United States, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, George Washington University and Boston Children's Hospital, is looking to the genome, a person's complete set of DNA, for clues about whether transgender people are born that way.*

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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 10:48:17 am »
I couldn't help myself, I read the comments.

I liked the article though, thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 02:06:08 pm »
It can be so tough to resist checking out the comments...
Angry/negative comments are one reason why I hesitate on creating a blog.

Thanks for sharing the article!
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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2017, 02:49:51 pm »
The comments are kind of fun.  It’s akin to going to the zoo to watch a bunch of apes scratch their butts.  The mental acuity of the two groups is about the same.


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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017, 03:13:43 pm »
Not holding my breath on the outcome. It's likely to be, 'more studies are needed'.

Interesting that they are looking at 'ancient' chromosomes. What exactly does that mean?

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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2017, 03:45:53 pm »
The problem is that they only seem to be looking for a link to genetic differences, and are ignoring the fact that the sex of your brain (and the sex you develop as physically) is not directly determined by genes, but instead depends on androgen levels during the time your prenatal development was taking place. While genetic factors can affect fetal androgen production, so can environmental factors such as exposure to external hormones, and in today's world, laden with chemicals and hormone-based medicines, environmental factors are probably more significant than genes. If they don't understand that, it suggests that they're very ill informed, and are probably working outside their area of expertise. I doubt whether they'll find anything, beyond possibly a link to things we already know about, such as mutations in the androgen receptor gene, mutations that affect testicular development, and mutations that give rise to congenital adrenal hyperplasia. It would be far more informative if they were to look at things like illnesses and trauma while the mother was pregnant, and whether she was given any hormones or hormone modulating drugs.

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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2017, 06:54:09 pm »
A very interesting Article, certainly worth watching ^^
couldn't be helped, short look in the comments... i won't say anything about that... some people just seem to be resistant to education...

thanks for sharing it tho ^^

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Re: Researchers Explore the Science of Gender Identity
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 11:52:06 pm »
The problem is that they only seem to be looking for a link to genetic differences, and are ignoring the fact that the sex of your brain (and the sex you develop as physically) is not directly determined by genes, but instead depends on androgen levels during the time your prenatal development was taking place. While genetic factors can affect fetal androgen production, so can environmental factors such as exposure to external hormones, and in today's world, laden with chemicals and hormone-based medicines, environmental factors are probably more significant than genes. If they don't understand that, it suggests that they're very ill informed, and are probably working outside their area of expertise. I doubt whether they'll find anything, beyond possibly a link to things we already know about, such as mutations in the androgen receptor gene, mutations that affect testicular development, and mutations that give rise to congenital adrenal hyperplasia. It would be far more informative if they were to look at things like illnesses and trauma while the mother was pregnant, and whether she was given any hormones or hormone modulating drugs.

HughE, I absolutely agree with some sentences of your answer!
But, they ignore the fact that there is a sex of the brain completely, not because they are poorly informed and probably, work outside their sphere of competence.
Just because, all topics related to sexual differentiation of the brain are very politicized! And, scientists are under pressure!

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