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‘Rapid onset’ of transgender identity ignites storm

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Science  07 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6406, pp. 958-959
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6406.958

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A study describing "rapid onset gender dysphoria" in teens and young adults—a sudden unease with the gender they were assigned at birth—has infuriated transgender activists while sparking a debate about academic freedom. Critics of the paper, published last month in PLOS ONE by physician-scientist Lisa Littman of Brown University, call it a flawed study that reflects an antitransgender agenda, in part because it suggests some cases may be the result of "social contagion." Brown and the journal have both distanced themselves from the paper, drawing charges that they surrendered to political pressure.