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  • Eugenics anyone...?

    Creepy....

    Scientists look to straighten homosexual sheep

    Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has come out in favour of the rights
    of homosexual sheep in a burgeoning row over tests carried out by two US universities
    aimed at "curing" ovine friends of Dorothy.

    According to The Times, researchers at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis
    and at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland were able to "pinpoint the
    mechanisms influencing the desires of 'male-oriented' rams by studying their brains".

    Specifically, they cut open the offending sheeps' skulls, attached electonic sensors to
    their grey matter and monitored them while "varying the hormone levels, mainly by
    injecting hormones into the brain". They reported "considerable success" in getting
    previously gay rams to consider a bit of boy-on-girl.

    The purpose behind these experiments is to "improve the productivity of herds" since
    "approximately one ram in 10 prefers to mount other rams rather than mate with ewes".
    The implications are far more sinister, opponents claim, since the acquired knowledge
    could in the future be used to "cure" human homosexuality, or may offer the prospect
    that "pregnant women could one day be offered a [hormone] treatment to reduce or
    eliminate the chance that their offspring will be homosexual".

    Ms Navratilova weighed in with: "How can it be that in the year 2006 a major university
    would host such homophobic and cruel experiments?"

    UK gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell declared: "These experiments echo Nazi
    research in the early 1940s which aimed at eradicating homosexuality. They stink of
    eugenics. There is a danger that extreme homophobic regimes may try to use these
    experimental results to change the orientation of gay people."

    Udo Schuklenk, Professor of Bioethics at Glasgow Caledonian University, who has
    "written to the researchers pressing them to stop", added: "I don't believe the motives
    of the study are homophobic, but their work brings the terrible possibility of exploitation
    by homophobic societies. Imagine this technology in the hands of Iran, for example.
    It is typical of the US to ignore the global context in which this is taking place."

    Professor Charles Roselli, the Health and Science University biologist heading the
    research programme, defended his work with: "In general, sexuality has been
    under-studied because of political concerns. People don't want science looking into
    what determines sexuality."

    Michael Bailey, a neurology professor at Northwestern University near Chicago, risked
    the wrath of the gay community by stating: "Allowing parents to select their children’s
    sexual orientation would further a parent's freedom to raise the sort of children they
    want to raise."

    As for the unfortunate gay rams subjected to the research teams' uninvited attentions,
    it remained for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to slam their sufferings as
    "a needless slaughter of animals, an affront to human dignity and a colossal waste
    of precious research funds".
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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    That is very bad.

    After all that happened in the world, gay marriage and subjects related to it,are still going to be a big issue for the 2008 election.

    It is all un-real.


    I do not see the need to spend money on this type of research.

    What is really scary is that,I think that a large portion of the population would
    want a pill to take as a "cure." -or start cutting into people's brains....

    This is another example of the question,"Where will it end,once it begins?"

    -not that it should ever be allowed to begin.

    -next they will try to take away criminal and violent impulses.....

    -eventually the human race will end if they keep messing around with things.

    -if they stop certain qualities from being introduced in nature,then nature will no longer function.

    I see events in "A Clockwork Orange" coming true.

    "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
    - Michael Moorcock

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    • #3
      After or rather with 1984 we have the brave new world ......

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      • #4
        Since this is about sheep - I'd be curious to know what financial damage famers incur by the prescence of gay sheep in their herds.

        Somehow I doubt its enough to warrant funding for this sort of expensive, advanced research.
        Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

        Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by devilchicken
          Since this is about sheep - I'd be curious to know what financial damage famers incur by the prescence of gay sheep in their herds.

          Somehow I doubt its enough to warrant funding for this sort of expensive, advanced research.
          I agree, I would not have ever thought it to be an issue. Maybe 5 sheep per 500? haha!

          -speaking of eugenics...




          "This is Ceti Alpha Five!"

          "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
          - Michael Moorcock

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          • #6
            Originally posted by devilchicken
            Since this is about sheep - I'd be curious to know what financial damage famers incur by the prescence of gay sheep in their herds.
            Yes, this is what interested me about the whole thing.

            I've been trawling the Net unsuccessfully trying to discover material to back this up, but I was under the impression that sheep farmers only had one ram per flock when they were trying to get the ewes inseminated. Also, rams purchased for breeding purposes are tried and tested in that department. After all, the majority of male sheep are castrated before they get a chance to work out their sexual orientation anyway...

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            • #7
              In this matter of ewe-genics...(I couldn't resist that one)
              On a broader scope, if scientists discover how to remove homosexual urges from the brain could they not in turn implement the same, and create homosexual urges in heterosexual mammals? I have no idea what purpose this could serve other than population control or a more content prison population, but is it not a possibility?

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