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I'm a Greens Senator for Western Australia. Ask Me Anything

Hoi folks. Many months since the last AMA and I've missed it. Juggling a lot of digital rights campaigns at the moment and would be good to talk about data retention and related things, but actually... ask me anything.

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hey youse all.

this is the fourth one of these i've done and as always, this community comes through with the most thoughtful, insightful and occasionally snarky questions and contributions - thanks for taking the time. my only regret is how many i missed - will check in over the next few days and answer a few more questions if you can bear with.

thanks again, dear reddit.

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Science AMA Series: We are Alan Sanders, Michael Bailey, and Gary Beecham, co-authors of a recently published study on the genetics of male sexual orientation, Ask Us Anything!

We are Drs. Alan Sanders, J. Michael Bailey, and Gary Beecham, co-authors of a recently published study on the genetics of male sexual orientation. As part of the study we performed a genome-wide linkage scan on a set of 409 pairs of homosexual brothers. We identified two regions (on chromosomes 8 and X) that showed evidence of being linked to male sexual orientation.

Dr. Sanders (/u/Dr_Alan_Sanders) is a psychiatrist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA). His primary research interests involve the study of the genetic factors of behavioral and psychiatric traits.

Dr. Bailey (/u/Dr_J_Michael_Bailey) is a psychologist and Professor in the Deparment of Psychology at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). Dr. Bailey studies sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and sexual arousal.

Dr. Beecham (/u/Dr_Gary_Beecham) is a statistical geneticist and Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami (Miami, FL, USA). He studies the genetic factors underlying a variety of traits, including, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, and cardiovascular traits.

Here is a link to a summary of our research: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26572-study-of-hundreds-of-male-twins-zeroes-in-on-gay-genes.html#.VHXQT-d4pps

and the recent reddit submission: https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/2mknob/massive_study_of_gay_twins_409_pairs_gives/

We will be back later in the day to answer your questions.

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