Monday, January 23, 2006

More Stories That Caught My Attention...

Homosexuality: Gene or Choice?:
Columbia University Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Spitzer was one of the main forces in removing homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's list of metal disorders in, maybe one of the first gay rights activists. His new study may alienate the very people that used to champion him. He claims that his new study shows that homosexuality is not genetic and that sexual orientation can be changed.

"Spitzer interviewed more than 200 people, most of whom claimed that through reparative therapy counseling, their desires for same-sex partners either diminished significantly or they changed over to heterosexual orientation. Although still a proponent of homosexual activism, Spitzer has been attacked unmercifully by former admirers for this breach of the ideology that people are "born gay and can't change." Immutability is a central tenet of demands for "gay rights" and "gay marriage."

In 1993, Columbia University psychiatry professors Drs. William Byne and Bruce Parsons examined the most prominent "gay gene" studies on brain structure and on identical twins, and published the results in the Archives of General Psychiatry. They found numerous methodological flaws in all of the studies, and concluded that:

There is no evidence at present to substantiate a biologic theory. … [T]he appeal of current biologic explanations for sexual orientation may derive more from dissatisfaction with the present status of psychosocial explanations than from a substantiating body of experimental data.(Read Born or Bred)

Personally, I don't know what I think. I know gay men that have never even kissed (or had the desire to kiss) a woman. I also know "reformed" homosexuals. It has always seemed off that a gene hasn't been found in all this time --something to show a predictor...but I have never had these feelings, so who am I to say...?

Face Transplant?!:
There is a story from France that details how a woman that was given a transplant is jeopardizing her chances of success by smoking. That's a shame and all, but what struck me is the woman had a face transplant. Who even knew there was such a thing --and do you then look like the other person? She needed the transplant because she was mauled by her dog last spring. Face Transplant Slideshow. (H/T: Liz)

Stem Cells Gone Wild:
I think this is what people mean when they talk about the proverbial "slippery slope"... British scientists want permission to create half human half rabbit embryos.
"To make a hybrid embryo, a human skin cell would be taken from a person with motor neurone disease and injected into a hollowed-out rabbit egg. The resulting embryo would contain only a tiny amount of rabbit DNA in a microscopic structure that generates energy in the cell. The rest of the DNA would be human. If the experiment is successful, within a week, the egg will have divided to form a tiny ball of a 200 or so cells, from which stem cells could be extracted." (source)

Relocation Worse Than Divorce?:
A new study shows that parents who relocate far from their spouse after a divorce do a real disservice to their children.
"Results show significant negative effects associated with the long distance (more than an hour’s drive) parental moves by the mother or father, with or without the child, as compared with divorced families in which neither parent moved away beyond an hour’s drive. “As compared with divorced families in which neither parent moved, students from families in which one parent moved received less financial support from their parents (even after correcting for differences in the current financial conditions of the groups), worried more about that support, felt more hostility in their interpersonal relations, suffered more distress related to their parents’ divorce, perceived their parents less favorably as sources of emotional support and as role models, believed the quality of their parents’ relations with each other to be worse, and rated themselves less favorably on their general physical health, their general life satisfaction, and their personal and emotional adjustment,” according to the study." (source)

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