You can tell if you’re gay by your earwax

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    Feb 17, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    You can tell if you’re gay by your earwax


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    Feb 17, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    I'll show you my earwax if you'll show me yours. icon_wink.gif

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    You can tell if you’re gay or straight by looking at your earwax, scientists have claimed.

    Researchers at the Monell Center believe the substance is an untapped source of information about a person’s identity.

    They say new tests could be developed to prove identification, like similar tests that have been done with odors from people’s armpits.

    'Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status,' said study senior author George Preti, PhD, an organic chemist at Monell.

    'We think it possible that earwax may contain similar information.'

    The team used analytical organic chemistry to identify the presence of odor-producing chemical compounds in human earwax.

    Scientifically known as cerumen, the researchers collected the substance from 16 healthy men: eight Caucasion and eight of East Asian descent.

    After the samples were gently heated for 30 minutes, the odors were released and the scientists analysed the chemical compounds.

    'While the types of odorants were similar, the amounts were very different,' said study lead author Katharine Prokop-Prigge, a Monell chemist.

    'Earwax is a neglected body secretion whose potential as an information source has yet to be explored.'

    The study follows new research that has discovered homosexuality in men is 40% genetic.

    The rest, they believe, is determined by environmental factors such as a mother’s hormonal levels during pregnancy.

    ‘Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice,’ researcher Professor Michael Bailey said.
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    Feb 17, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    Is this the gay version of "The Onion"?
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    Feb 17, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
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    Feb 17, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    Maybe that explains Dumbledore being gay.
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    Feb 18, 2014 8:46 PM GMT
    They're always coming up with something. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Gay men are more likely than straight men to have a counterclockwise whorl.
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    Gay men and straight women have an increased density of fingerprint ridges on the thumb and pinkie of the left hand.
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    The index fingers of most straight men are shorter than their ring fingers, and for most women they are the same length or longer. Gay men and lesbians tend to have reversed ratios.
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    http://nymag.com/news/features/33520/