DawnWatch: NY Times front page on gay sheep experiments 1/25/07

Friday, January 26th, 2007

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Date: Jan 25, 2007 5:09 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times front page on gay sheep experiments 1/25/07

The front page of the New York Times has a story headed, “Of Gay Sheep, Modern Science And the Perils of Bad Publicity.” The article, by John Schwartz, covers protests against experiments at Oregon Health and Science University on gay sheep.

It opens:

“Charles Roselli set out to discover what makes some sheep gay. Then the news media and the blogosphere got hold of the story.

“Dr. Roselli, a researcher at the Oregon Health and Science University, has searched for the past five years for physiological factors that might explain why about 8 percent of rams seek sex exclusively with other rams instead of ewes. The goal, he says, is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of sexual orientation in sheep. Other researchers might some day build on his findings to seek ways to determine which rams are likeliest to breed, he said.

“But since last fall, when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals started a campaign against the research, it has drawn a torrent of outrage from animal rights activists, gay advocates and ordinary citizens around the world — all of it based, Dr. Roselli and colleagues say, on a bizarre misinterpretation of what the work is about.

“The story of the gay sheep became a textbook example of the distortion and vituperation that can result when science meets the global news cycle.”

The article continues in that vein, slanted to suggest that those protesting the experiments have misrepresented them. It does, however, acknowledge “that the sheep are killed in the course of the research so their brain structure can be analyzed.” And buried towards the bottom it mentions a release that quoted Dr. Roselli as saying that the research ”also has broader implications for understanding the development and control of sexual motivation and mate selection across mammalian species, including humans.”

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DawnWatch: Experiments on gay rams protested by Navratilova — Weekend Australian, 18 November 2006

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

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Date: Nov 19, 2006 10:52 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: Experiments on gay rams protested by Navratilova — Weekend Australian, 18 November 2006

The Weekend Australian includes a feature article, Peter Wilson, that shines a light on US government funded animal research. Headed, “Animals’ true nature will out” (P 25) it tells us that tennis star Martina Navratilova is protesting “experiments at two US universities aimed at manipulating the hormones of sheep to make homosexual rams develop an interest in ewes.”

Weekend Australian
November 18, 2006 Saturday
Peter Wilson

FEATURES; Inquirer; Pg. 25

We read:

“Navratilova and the lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say the US government-funded experiments are cruel and have potentially dangerous implications for gay people if the idea takes hold that homosexuality can be cured.”

The article provides some interesting information on what is natural:

“It turns out that species ranging from kangaroos and emus to fish, foxes, seagulls and those joked-about whales have some members that swing both ways, or even bond and have sex exclusively with partners of their own sex.”

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