(our own) Jenny Gristock (SPRU, University of Sussex)
In January 2007, journalists in the US and UK media began to debate the research of Professor Charles Roselli, from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Oregon Health and Science University. The scientist claims he is performing basic research, merely exploring what makes 8 per cent of sheep gay. Critics say that he is attempting to discover methods that could be used to control the sexuality of sheep, and possibly humans. So who is behaving badly: the journalists writing the headlines, or the researchers in the laboratory? And what does this tale of gay sheep tell us about the role of journalism in science?
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Added by dallaway on June 18, 2007