news that Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute is to develop genetically
engineered pigs to be born with Cystic Fibrosis to be used in experimentation
this to any animal is obscene but it is worth noting that pigs have been
proven to be one of the most intelligent animals on earth. They far surpass
the mental capacity of dogs and even many primates and can master complex
exercises such as playing basic computer games. Professor Stanley Curtis
of Penn State University who's studied them has said “Pigs are able
to focus with an intensity I have never seen in a chimp.”
Whitelaw of the institute has claimed that these animals and the 'technology'
to breed them will then be sold drug companies. He claims as usual that
this is all to cure disease but in the next breath admitted that it will
"not necessarily" allow treatments to be developed. Another gem
of work from the Roslin is that they've "developed a robust and reproducible
rat model, which can provide a useful investigative tool for neuropathic
pain mechanism". Which in plain language means they've created mice
genetically engineered to suffer constant pain.
go on to state "The University of Edinburgh is seeking enquiries from
commercial organisations with an interest in collaborating in this research
programme." For anybody who thought these brave scientists were killing
animals to save the world here it is in a nutshell, it's all about the drug
firms and profit. Yet again you'll be pleased to hear that the Roslin Institute
and their 'work' is heavily subsidised using your money.
is, always has been and always will be a commercial industry. Don't let
them kid you it isn't.
can contact the main Roslin Institute personnel and Scottish Govt. ministers
with your comments here:
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against Scotland's vivisection industry and for real research into disease
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