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  • Marijuana makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks

    08/30/2016 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 48 replies
    University of British Columbia @ medicalxpress ^ | August 24, 2016 | University of British Columbia
    New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes lazinessó at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task. "Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy," said Mason Silveira, the study's lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC's department of psychology. "What's interesting, however, is that their ability to do the...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    ‚ÄúPotentially unethical.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs how one expert described an Italian scientist‚Äôs plan to perform a ‚Äúhead transplant‚ÄĚ by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‚Äėrecipient‚Äô head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is ‚ÄúPOTENTIALLY unethical?‚ÄĚ Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only ‚Äúpotentially‚ÄĚ unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it‚Äôs possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person‚Äôs head onto another person‚Äôs spine. The...
  • The True Story of Ebola in Reston, Virginia

    08/04/2014 1:37:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/14 | Ileana Johnson
    In October 1989 people in the community of Reston, Virginia went about their daily lives not realizing that a serious crisis was developing right in their back yards that would not be entirely resolved until March 1990. It was a serious calamity that could have wiped out the entire population. This dire emergency was described twenty years ago by Richard Preston in his non-fiction book, ďThe Hot Zone.Ē The ďhot zoneĒ refers to an ďarea that contains lethal, infectious organismsĒ also dubbed ďhot agent,Ē an ďextremely lethal virus, potentially airborne.Ē (Richard Preston, The Hot Zone, Random House, New York, 1994,...
  • Special Report: Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

    01/01/2014 5:56:02 PM PST · by fella · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
    (Reuters) - The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state. As cattle trailers that had traveled up to four hours in 95-degree heat began to unload, 15 heifers and steers hobbled down the ramps on August 5, barely able to walk. The reason: The animals had lost their hooves, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents show the 15 animals were destroyed. The next day, the hottest day of the...
  • N.J. jury convicts animal rights activists

    03/02/2006 1:48:47 PM PST · by LouAvul · 11 replies · 630+ views
    ap via modbee ^ | 3-2-06 | jeff gold
    An animal rights group and six members were convicted Thursday of inciting violence against a company that tests drugs and household products on animals. The group, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, maintained its actions were protected under the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. The government charged that SHAC waged a five-year campaign of threats, harassment and vandalism against Huntingdon Life Sciences and posted information on the SHAC Web site about the lab's employees and those who do business with Huntingdon. Many of those targeted saw their homes vandalized, and they and their families received threatening e-mails, faxes and phone...
  • Live pigs blown up in government terrorism experiments

    01/24/2010 8:37:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies · 1,030+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 24, 2009 | By Amy Willis
    Eighteen pigs wrapped in protective Kevlar blankets were blasted in a bid to help scientists understand more about the effects of bomb blasts on victims. The animals were placed less than three yards from an explosive. Before being blown up, tubes were inserted into their blood vessels and bladders, and their spleens were removed. Medics hope the experiments will help British soldiers in Afghanistan as well as casualties of terror attacks like the July 2005 bombing of the London Underground and a double-decker bus. No pigs survived the experiments.
  • Animal-rights activists plan Pendleton protest over live pigs

    08/12/2009 10:33:23 AM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 2 replies · 356+ views
    OC Register ^ | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | VIK JOLLY
    Animal-rights activists plan to protest today against Camp Pendleton's use of live pigs in medical training for troops that they argue is antiquated and cruel but officials call life-saving. The demonstration comes on the heels of published reports that the base last week trained Marines at an avocado ranch in northeastern San Diego County owned by a retired Marine who is also an Escondido police officer. During the training, according to news accounts, 2- to 3-month-old pigs ranging from 140 to 200 pounds were sedated before instructors used scalpels to inflict wounds and then watched as Marines worked to keep...
  • Animal-rights extremism endangers human rights

    08/06/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 3 replies · 275+ views ^ | 08/06/2009 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    When General Electric Co. subsidiary GE Healthcare recently unveiled its plan to use human embryonic stem cells in its drug trials, the company proudly touted one of the plan's potential benefits: Using stem cells derived from the destruction of human embryos may make the experiments on rats unnecessary. "This could replace, to a large extent, animal trials," Konstantin Fiedler of GE Healthcare told a reporter, according to Reuters news agency. "Once you have human cells and you can get them in a standardized way, like you get right now your lab rats in a standardized way, you can actually do...
  • Animal rights extremists target Novartis

    08/05/2009 11:34:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 480+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | 8/4/2009
    The holiday home of Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella has been badly damaged by fire, a week after his mother's grave was desecrated by animal rights militants. Although police do not know who or what caused the fire early on Monday morning in the Tyrol, there is speculation that it is the work of the same group that took the urn of Vasella's mother on July 27. Her gravestone was defiled with a message saying the Basel pharmaceutical company must sever its ties with Britain's Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the largest contract animal-testing company in Europe. The recent attacks...
  • FBI's Most Wanted lists 1st domestic terror suspect

    04/20/2009 8:13:52 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 38 replies · 2,124+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2009 | Ben Conery and Audrey Hudson
    The FBI on Tuesday will for the first time add the name of a domestic-terrorism suspect to its list of Most Wanted Terrorists, a post-Sept. 11 creation that until now has included only suspected Islamist terrorists, a law enforcement official told The Washington Times. Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old animal rights activist, is wanted in connection with the 2003 bombings of two companies in the San Francisco Bay Area linked to an animal-testing laboratory. San Diego will take his place on a list that has included notorious international terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri and Adam Gadahn,...
  • The lowdown on animal testing for cosmetics - European Union continues phasing out animal...

    03/13/2009 10:36:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,959+ views
    Nature News: Briefing ^ | 11 March 2009 | Alison Abbott
    European Union continues phasing out animal experiments.The European Union has outlawed the use of animals in seven toxicity tests for cosmetics ingredients.Alamy An amendment to the European Union's Cosmetics Directive today phases out the use of animals in testing for any acute toxic effects of beauty products and toiletries ó effects such as eye and skin irritation that might be seen shortly after exposure. Nature News finds out what this entails.What is the Cosmetics Directive and how is it changing? The Cosmetics Directive was introduced in 1976 to enforce high safety standards for cosmetics across the EU member states. It...
  • 4 Rights Activists Guilty Of Blackmailing Animal Testing Firms (U.K.)

    12/23/2008 9:18:01 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 379+ views
    All Headline News ^ | December 23, 2008 | AHN Staff
    London, England (AHN) - The Winchester Crown Court found on Monday four rights activists guilty of blackmailing animal testing firms which supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Huntingdon, based in Cambridge, conducts animal testing for U.K. pharmaceutical industry. The four are members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Five SHAC members were charged of blackmailing, but only Gerrah Selby, Daniel Wadham, Gavin Medd-Hall and Heather Nicholson were declared guilty. The fifth accused, Trevor Holmes, was cleared of the charges. They all denied conspiracy to blackmail which included threats such as claiming the managers of the animal testing companies were pedophiles, sending fake...
  • Terminally Ill Rodents With Type 1 Diabetes Restored To Full Health With Single Dose Of Leptin

    08/26/2008 2:28:48 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 327+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 26, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 26, 2008) ó Terminally ill rodents with type 1 diabetes have been restored to full health with a single injection of a substance other than insulin by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since the discovery of insulin in 1922, type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) in humans has been treated by injecting insulin to lower high blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic coma. New findings by UT Southwestern researchers, which appear online and in a future issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that insulin isn't the only agent that is effective. Leptin, a...
  • UC bombings linked to animal rights activists

    08/03/2008 8:57:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 261+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2008 | Wyatt Buchanan,Demian Bulwa
    Investigators sifting the evidence of two firebombings targeting UC Santa Cruz biologists believe the potentially lethal devices are similar to ones used in the past by animal rights activists, authorities said today. The bombs were so powerful they were like "Molotov cocktails on steroids," said Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark. One struck the home of assistant biology Professor David Feldheim on Saturday morning, forcing him to flee with his family. The other exploded just a few minutes earlier, gutting a car parked outside the campus home of a second researcher. Later, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies went to the...
  • Austrian police question 10 animal rights activists suspected of arson

    05/24/2008 12:06:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 5/24/2008
    VIENNA, Austria ó Austrian authorities say they are questioning 10 animal rights activists suspected of arson, sabotage and other crimes. Investigators say six of the suspects have been placed in pretrial detention for their alleged involvement in militant animal rights groups. Officials allege that the suspects are behind numerous arson fires and vandalism targeting food, clothing, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies. Prosecutors say the 10 were arrested earlier this week after a monthslong investigation into radical animal rights groups. Austrian media reported today that one of the suspects has begun a hunger strike while in custody. Investigators say the suspects used...
  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts

    12/03/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 759+ views
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 7 minutes ago He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • South Korean scientists breed cats that glow in the dark

    12/13/2007 5:56:47 AM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 406+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | December 13, 2007 12:00am
    SOUTH Korean scientists have bred cats that glow in the dark by inserting a fluorescence protein gene into the DNA of clones, which makes them glow under ultraviolet light. The procedure could help scientists develop treatments for genetic diseases in humans. Scientists led by Kong Il-keun of Gyeongsang National University produced three cats with altered fluorescence genes, the Science and Technology Ministry said. "It marked the first time in the world that cats with RFP genes have been cloned," the ministry said in a statement.
  • Japan scientists develop fearless mice

    12/13/2007 6:02:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 38 replies · 151+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-13-07 | KAORI HITOMI
    In this undated photo released by Tokyo University's Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry Graduate School of Science, a genetically modified mouse approaches a cat in Tokyo. Using genetic engineering, scientists at Tokyo University say they have successfully switched off the rodents' instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats, showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not leaned through experience, as commonly believed. (AP Photo/Ko and Reiko Kobayakawa, Tokyo University Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry Graduate School of Science, HO) Cat and mouse may never be the same. Japanese scientists say they've used genetic engineering to create...
  • PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal cruelty

    12/08/2007 5:04:56 AM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies · 608+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 8, 2007 | staff reporter
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a boycott of M&Ms, Twix candy bars and other snack foods made by Mars Inc, claiming the company funds experiments that kill mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. "In violation of its own written policy, the candy company is currently funding a study at the University of California, San Francisco, that uses rats. The rats are force fed by having plastic tubes shoved down their throats, and they are then cut open and killed," PETA said in a statement. "In response to this new information, PETA...
  • Animal-rights group admits vandalizing scientist's home (OR)

    12/07/2007 4:27:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 171+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 7, 2007 | Bryan Denson
    Animal-rights saboteurs have claimed responsibility for vandalizing the Portland home of a research scientist who uses monkeys to study the causes of premature birth in humans. In a communique obtained by The Oregonian today, the Animal Liberation Front acknowledged striking two autos owned by Dr. Miles Novy with spray-paint graffiti and paint stripper. "Novy's reproductive research on primates has resulted in this senseless torture of one of natures most magnificant creatures," ALF saboteurs wrote in a message sent to the Animal Liberation Press Office. "This blatant disregard for the earth, animals and it's resources shall not go unseen by the...