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Claim smoking may cause lesbian babies

Tue 21 Jan 2014 In: International News

Dick Swaab Dutch Professor of neurobiology Dick Swaab claims a woman smoking while pregnant can influence the child’s IQ, and its sexuality. Dr Swaab from Amsterdam Biology claims his study has found taking synthetic hormones and smoking while pregnant can increase the chances of girls becoming lesbian or bisexual, while drinking and drug-taking could lower a child’s IQ. He also believes the more older brothers a boy has, the more it increases the chances he will be gay - because the mother’s immune system develops stronger responses to male hormones with each son that is born. Dr Swaab has told the Sunday Times: “Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters. “Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of foetal sex hormones.” Dr Swaab does recognise lifestyle factors are a small influence and says genetics play the most important role in child development.    

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First published: Tuesday, 21st January 2014 - 9:00am

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