December 31, 2006

Real Healine: "Science told: Hands off gay sheep"
— Ace

Special rights for gay sheep. Who will speak for the straight sheep? Apparently you can still molest them 'til your heart's content.

Actually it's about experiments to "cure" gay sheep of teh gheyitude.

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.

It raises the prospect that pregnant women could one day be offered a treatment to reduce or eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual. Experts say that, in theory, the “straightening” procedure on humans could be as simple as a hormone supplement for mothers-to-be, worn on the skin like an anti-smoking nicotine patch.

The research, at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, has caused an outcry. Martina Navratilova, the lesbian tennis player who won Wimbledon nine times, and scientists and gay rights campaigners in Britain have called for the project to be abandoned.

Navratilova defended the “right” of sheep to be gay. She said: “How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university would host such homophobic and cruel experiments?” She said gay men and lesbians would be “deeply offended” by the social implications of the tests.

But the researchers argue that the work is valid, shedding light on the “broad question” of what determines sexual orientation. They insist the work is not aimed at “curing” homosexuality.

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The scientists have been able to pinpoint the mechanisms influencing the desires of “male-oriented” rams by studying their brains. The animals’ skulls are cut open and electronic sensors are attached to their brains.

By varying the hormone levels, mainly by injecting hormones into the brain, they have had “considerable success” in altering the rams’ sexuality, with some previously gay animals becoming attracted to ewes.

Thanks to MK and Charley Fox.

Posted by: Ace at 02:05 PM | Comments (26)
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1 By varying the hormone levels, mainly by injecting hormones into the brain, they have had “considerable success” in altering the rams’ sexuality, with some previously gay animals becoming attracted to ewes.

Should have just filled them up with Val-U-Rite vodka. Those ewes start to look pretty good after the first half gallon.

Posted by: adolfo_velasquez at December 31, 2006 02:16 PM (RlAvU)

2 Gay sheep are a real problem for ranchers.

Apparently, it's a real pain to get mousse out of wool.

Posted by: cirby at December 31, 2006 02:16 PM (ZMgaW)

3 "injected into the brain"????

Ow.

I think Andrew Sullivan will be right about that one.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2006 02:17 PM (FWrFx)

4 Ace, your humble commenters had discussed this way before these MK and CharleyFox people came along.

Posted by: Tushar D at December 31, 2006 02:19 PM (9ULFg)

5 Something does need to be done about this.

The radical gay sheep agenda is everywhere.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2006 02:19 PM (FWrFx)

6 Right about here.

Posted by: Tushar D at December 31, 2006 02:21 PM (9ULFg)

7 -
Heather Has Both a Mommy and a Daddy sounds somewhat dirty, and wrong ...
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Posted by: BumperStickerist at December 31, 2006 02:31 PM (dTi2n)

8 Just when you, as a sheep, think it's okay to sleep faceup, oooooooppppssss.
I hate it when that happens.

Posted by: sandman arriveth at December 31, 2006 02:50 PM (Zc2PN)

9 PETA’s big lie:

Just so you know. The false suggestion that the research is aimed at curing homosexuality was made by PETA. Yes, the animal rights group.

Of course PETA has their own motives for receiving press on this story. In fact, PETA heavily edited quotes by the researchers and even fabricated information to generate press coverage. Many weeks ago, a writer in the states looked into PETA false claims. Here’s what he found:

http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2006/09/peta_crosses_th.html

Posted by: Jim Newman at December 31, 2006 03:01 PM (Zlqn/)

10 Gay sheep!

That is definately a two-fer!

Posted by: Andrew Sullivan at December 31, 2006 03:03 PM (FWrFx)

11 If I get hit on just one more time, I swear it won't be pretty.










Posted by: A Straight Sheep at December 31, 2006 03:07 PM (FWrFx)

12 The researchers also discovered that "baaa baaa phooft baaa" translates to "Why can't I quit you?"

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2006 03:09 PM (FWrFx)

13 I'm so confused.  Where to start?

Posted by: Clay Aiken at December 31, 2006 03:32 PM (56ssE)

14 There's a soy joke in here somewhere. I just can't think of one.

Posted by: pajama momma at December 31, 2006 03:41 PM (+Aq+d)

15 Not to be serious or anything, but gay-marriage advocates and activist courts were warned about a possible backlash, weren't they?

Posted by: kate q at December 31, 2006 04:50 PM (HbJ+d)

16 The retard sheep think we look like sheep. This isn't funny.

Posted by: The Yaks at December 31, 2006 04:54 PM (GlKkD)

17 critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.

Umm, homosexuals *don't* breed, do they? I thought they got all of their membership through recruiting. It's all free-agency, there is no farm system.

/just sayin'

Posted by: Hurricane Mikey at December 31, 2006 05:34 PM (l2bzR)

18 It's a War on Science!!! WAR ON SCIENCE, I SAY!!! (faints)

Posted by: Dave Munger at December 31, 2006 06:05 PM (2DpdP)

19 We had some gay sheep in my neighborhood when I was a kid. They were pretty quiet, real neat lawns, lots of flowers.
My Dad wouldn't let us go there on Halloween, but my Mom always cooled him off and we were able to go. I never thought about it too much back then. Why would I?


Posted by: eman at December 31, 2006 06:26 PM (FWrFx)

20 Look, they say it's biological and not a lifestyle choice-- and invariably gay people claim that nobody would choose it if they didn't have to.

Well? Isn't this new development good then?

Why shouldn't a mother try to eliminate a quality in her child that could result in both unnecessary social stigma and the potential loss of her biological line?

Posted by: lauraw at January 01, 2007 05:34 AM (DbybK)

21 What's the problem? Science always knows best.

Posted by: Warden at January 01, 2007 09:14 AM (rZ5uY)

22 why not just follow the muslim lead here, since thats what enlightened liberals like to do? Stone them and be done with it. Or, if you like, drop walls on them.
(sarcasm)

Posted by: BattleofthePyramids at January 01, 2007 10:24 AM (50hXk)

23 Whats SAM THE SHEEPDOG to do when all the sheep he guards are gay? STILL BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF RALPH THE WOLF

Posted by: spurwing plover at January 01, 2007 12:31 PM (oN6hw)

24 Someone should suggest that it should be made illegal to use genetic engineering and breed specifically to have gay children. Then watch the rainbow coalition howl.

Then suggest research that makes it possible to ensure straight children, and watch them howl again.

Posted by: Tushar D at January 01, 2007 01:22 PM (9ULFg)

25 Ha ha, eugenics pwn3d.

Posted by: Rittenhouse at January 01, 2007 06:02 PM (RlP6y)

26

OSU and OHSU’s Big Embarrassment


 


Thank you for covering this important issue. Jim Newman¯the PR rep for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)¯disregards criticism of the unscientific and unethical gay sheep experiments because of nothing more substantial than the fact that it was PETA who brought it to light. PETA sent a detailed seven-page letter to OHSU's counterpart, Oregon State University, with critiques authored by scientific experts and a prominent sexuality research society. Both universities have failed to address the key points that were raised in the letter.


 


OSU and OHSU certainly wish that PETA had never spoken out so that the experimenters could quietly continue their “research,” which embodies the needless slaughter of animals, an affront to human dignity, and a colossal waste of precious taxpayer funds.


 


To read PETA’s letter to OSU in its entirety, you can visit:


http://www.stopanimaltests.com/pdfs/LetterToOregonStateUniversitySeptember202006.pdf.


Posted by: Shalin Gala at January 03, 2007 11:37 AM (7HMiR)

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