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Homosexuality Researchers Stoic Despite Uproar Over Their Work

Over the past four years, research discoveries of possible genetic origins of human sexual orientation have touched off a tempest of controversy and debate among gay-rights advocates and their opponents, politicians, journalists-- even members of the science community. But investigators in this field, whose studies instigated the commotion, say they find themselves, for the most part, riding in the calm eye of the storm. Following are some recent, widely publicized articles on the biologica

Neeraja Sankaran

Over the past four years, research discoveries of possible genetic origins of human sexual orientation have touched off a tempest of controversy and debate among gay-rights advocates and their opponents, politicians, journalists-- even members of the science community. But investigators in this field, whose studies instigated the commotion, say they find themselves, for the most part, riding in the calm eye of the storm.

Following are some recent, widely publicized articles on the biological/genetic basis of homosexuality, as well as some critical reviews of the subject.

S. LeVay, "A difference in the hypothalamic structure between heterosexual and homosexual men," Science, 253:1034- 7, 1991.

J.M. Bailey, R.C. Pillard, "A genetic study of male sexual orientation," Archives of General Psychiatry, 48:1089-96, 1991.

A. Fausto-Sterling, Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Men and Women, New York, Basic Books Inc., 1992.

W. Byne, B. Parsons, "Human sexual orientation," Arch. Gen. Psych....

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