Sex and the Single Gene?

Director: BBC
Year: 2001
Country: UK
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Eugenics and Genetic Enhancement, Documentary

A film documentary which looks at the science behind a controversial piece of genetic research - the so-called "gay gene". A geneticist explains how this kind of study is carried out - from the initial interviews with gay men and their families, to the plotting of family trees, the extraction of DNA and the analysis of samples in the lab. The film considers the findings of this research - that homosexuality is, in part, genetically determined - and discusses whether these findings will advance the cause of gay rights, and promote tolerance and understanding in society at large. (Aired BBC Two, Friday 27 April 2001, 18:30)

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