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"Scientists have identified the gene that keeps females female. An international team found that the action of a single gene is all that stops females from developing male physical traits, including testes and facial hair.

When this gene was artificially “switched off” in adult female mice their ovaries began to turn into testes and they started to produce a level of testosterone found in healthy male mice.

The discovery could eventually revolutionise gender reassignment therapy and improve treatments for babies who are born with a mixed gender.

The researchers anticipate that temporarily suppressing the gene in males would have the opposite effect. Turning it off would automatically trigger the ovary development gene to come on, leading to cells in the testes turning into follicles and ceasing the production of testosterone.

Applying the therapy in humans is a long way off, but the researchers say that it could dramatically improve clinicians’ ability to change a person’s gender. Rather than be placed on medication for the rest of their life, only a short course of gene therapy would be required."

Very interesting stuff, i'd be interested to see how this progresses.

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Reikage-Sanshi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like seeing scientific break throughs like this.. hehe at least it can show those dumb fucks that its not in everyone's heads that they fall in love with the same sex or feel like they were born the wrong sex.

I like my sex, but it feels good to know that to what I see goes on in life and those who I know are gay/lez or felt like they were born the wrong sex.

I just hope that when they do this on humans that it doesn't do great damage.. yeah know like the body reacts badly to this....and fucks up the body in the process. >.>
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Archinos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seconded in interest.

I hope that they get really far with this in the next few years~
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PudgeyRedFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
me too, its nice to see ya again Krista :3
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Archinos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee... Just floating around where I can. |3
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FierceDeityFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow O.o

i suddenly get this feeling the research will be canceled because of religious bitching.....
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Ahem, some of us happen to be what you'd call "religious."
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FierceDeityFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no offense or anything, but from what ive seen, stuff like this tends to get attacked by religious groups more often than not...
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FierceDeityFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i still stand by what i said Beau =\
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
It's understandable, just don't think all of us are like that.
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PudgeyRedFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
this is being done in Nederlands, dont worry about that ;)
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FierceDeityFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whew! ^.^
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sicninja911 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
intersted read indeed. i still wanna be a female! maybe there's hope.
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PudgeyRedFox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
oh really? I never knew :ohnoes:
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sicninja911 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
hee hee!
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ZeroConfidence Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
No way, that's awesome. I can't wait for the progress in science to get that far in the near future. Despite being the last male to carry on the family name, I would have rather have been born a female in my life. I sure there would have been a better life story than my current one.
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MrUnknown04 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's good to most but could be a little messed up. With this kind of breakthrough, no longer will there be gays or lesbians.

Like jmg124 said, I'm glad I'm a guy... a striaght edge at that.
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jmg124 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely interesting, though I'm happy with being male ^^
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