Being Terrific Uncles Helps Gays Keep Genes Going

Nieces, nephews then more likely to keep bloodline going
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2010 2:02 PM CST
A gay uncle is more likely than a heterosexual one to be more devoted to a nephew or niece, thus making it more likely the child will thrive and go on to have their own kids.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Gay men’s tendency to lavish love and attention on their nieces and nephews could be a key to keeping a “gay gene” alive, a study shows. Looking at male homosexuals in Samoa—where they’re considered their own gender, and therefore fully integrated into family life—scientists saw that children with doting gay uncles were more likely to thrive and have their own kids. That means they pass along, if indirectly, the bloodlines that carried any genetic coding related to their uncles’ homosexuality.

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