Friday, January 05, 2007

loving ewe...

i could make puns about this all day but i'm feeling a little sheepish.

in oregon try to turn rams into ex-gays:

Scientists are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of "gay" sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.

The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes.

Approximately one ram in 10 prefers to mount other rams rather than mate with ewes, reducing its value to a farmer. Initially, the publicly funded project aimed to improve the productivity of herds.

Professor Charles Roselli, the Health and Science University biologist leading the research, defended the project.

He said: "In general, sexuality has been under-studied because of political concerns. People don't want science looking into what determines sexuality.

"It's a touchy issue. In fact, several studies have shown that people who believe homosexuality is biologically based are less homophobic than people who think that this orientation is acquired."

on the one hand, i suppose this does lend credence to the idea that sexual orientation has a biological basis, though i'd imagine that human sexuality is slightly more complicated than sheep sex (or, at least, you like to talk about it all the time and make it far more complicated than it needs to be). on the other hand, if they de-gay the rams, who will decorate the barns???

ok, all joking aside, here's a more objective look at this research that puts it in the context of research on animal sexuality. you dirty perverts.

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Blogger emptypockets said...

the scientists aren't trying to cure homosexuality (and they haven't made gay sheep straight). They're trying to understand how complex behavior, including mating, is encoded in the brain. PETA made all the other shit up to get gay rights activists to join them in some kind of anti-research holy war.

I've got details here; Joe.My.God wraps it all up over here

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Blogger wally said...

hi ep--

i was being tongue in cheek (the ex-gay was a reference to the highly questionable ex-gay movement) but i do appreciate the information. it is not the first time that peta has exploited another disadvantaged group in order to garner publicity. animal rights are complicated business and when you throw sexuality into the mix it gets positively silly! you naked apes exhaust me.


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