TEHRAN | Scientists at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) have developed a vaccine which could possibly alter the gene responsible for homosexuality and pedophilia, reports the Persian Times this week.
The newly developed vaccine uses DNA-altering technology to ‘knock out’ a prostate gene believed to raise sexual tension and bloodstream levels in mice when in contact with younger animals or animals of the same sex.
The DNA-altering approach for permanently reducing homosexual and pedophile behavior in mice with a single injection could potentially reduce these sexual instincts by up to 90 percent believes Nasser Zolfaghari, PhD and assistant professor at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
“For the first iteration of an experiment, these results are simply remarkable,” says Nasser Zolfaghari, who has also previously worked at Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. “Our tests on mice have given remarkable results but it is only by testing the vaccine on human subjects that suffer from these genetic anomalies that we can eventually know for sure the vaccine’s efficiency on humans. In America or Europe, it could take a decade of concerted effort to get this new approach from the laboratory to Phase I clinical trials in humans. But laws in Iran will facilitate and hasten the process” he admits, visibly enthusiastic.
A crime punishable by death
As homosexuality and pedophilia are crimes punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or by execution in Iran, the Iranian government has shown great interest in the discovery.
“In our country we do not encourage such deviant behavior as homosexuality and pedophilia as most Western countries do” acknowledges Mohsen Nasr, spokesman for the ministry of Health. “Our government is following with much enthusiasm the progress of this new vaccine and Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi has promised to help facilitate human clinical trials as soon as possible,” he told reporters.
A high death toll
The testing on laboratory mice has also had some extreme secondary effects, leading to fever, seizures and sometimes death.
“We understand the risks of the procedure but we are willing to undergo human clinical trials as soon as possible,” said Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi.
“It could be a one-time treatment given after birth, a permanent alteration. If you used this on a massive scale, you could reduce the occurrence of homosexuality and pedophilia in a given population by 90 per cent in two or three generations,” he acknowledged during the press conference.
Although China and Saudi Arabia have been the first countries to show interest in the new discovery, various American and European health organizations have expressed much skepticism upon receiving the news.