Is Polyamory Genetically Based?

I don’t know either, but these folks are trying to find out. If you identify as polyamorous and would consider participating in a research study investigating a potential genetic influence on polyamory, check out the information below.

Polyamory Personal Genomics Study

The citizen scientists over at DIYGenomics are recruiting volunteers for an opt-in genomics study on polyamorous participants.

Melanie Swan is coordinating the study, so if you’re poly, have some 23andMe [DIY genetics] data, and are up for contributing to science, you can contact her at .

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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  1. Where? What city/part of the country?

    1. Hi Spiralcma,

      I don’t think it matters where because the information can be emailed. If you have more questions please contact the researcher herself, Dr. Swan, at

      Cheers, Elisabeth

    1. We don’t know yet, the research is still underway.

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