The Scientist 10[1]:, Jan. 08, 1996


A 'Long Tradition'

The biological basis of sexual orientation is a research area that is coming out of the closet

By Robert Finn

Sidebar: Scientific Societies Concerned with Sexual-Orientation Research

For the last few years each new result has been covered extensively in the popular press. And last May, Minot State University in North Dakota hosted an international conference on the topic, in which 89 scientists participated. Organized by Lee Ellis, a professor of sociology at Minot State, the conference was sponsored by the Eugene Garfield Foundation, and was the first to assemble virtually all the top researchers in the field.

Each new finding, however, seems to generate its own mini-controversy over its scientific aspects, over and above the social and political turmoil such research engenders. In fact, there are even allegations that one of the leaders in the field engaged in...

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