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  Newsmakers   19 Mar 2018  Scientists uncover 20 genes linked to being transgender

Scientists uncover 20 genes linked to being transgender

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Mar 19, 2018, 4:26 pm IST
Updated : Mar 19, 2018, 4:26 pm IST

Discovery supports claims that the condition has a physical basis.

By highlighting genetic mutations that affect brain development, the latest findings point towards transgender identity having a physical basis. (Photo: Pixabay)
 By highlighting genetic mutations that affect brain development, the latest findings point towards transgender identity having a physical basis. (Photo: Pixabay)

In a new discovery, scientists have uncovered 20 genes linked to being transgender – supporting claims that the condition has a physical basis.

Scientists believe that the gene variations may contribute to people identifying with the opposite sex.

 

Critics of transgender identity often say that the condition in ‘all in the mind,’ and transgender people have a psychological problem rather than a medical one.

However, by highlighting genetic mutations that affect brain development, the latest findings point towards transgender identity having a physical basis.

Presenting their research at the Society for Reproductive Investigation conference, the researchers said: ‘We identified genetic variants in 20 genes that may play a role in transgender identity.

They further added that the most promising of these included variants of genes involved in nurologic development and sex hormones.

 

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