GUILLERMO: IS A RODENT FIGHT CLUB SCIENTIFIC? EITHER WAY, YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT

The Daily Caller | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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Supposedly serious scientists at Northeastern University in Boston for decades ran a taxpayer-funded rodent fight club where experimenters pitted hamsters — some hopped up on cocaine or anabolic steroids — against each other in violent bouts.

It was supposed to emulate inner city street gangs.

Experimenters - Hamsters - Skulls - Drugs - Brains

Experimenters injected hamsters — sometimes drilling into their skulls to inject aggression-inducing drugs directly into their brains — and watch, videotape and even score the fights as the hamsters bit, scratched and lunged at each other. Like some bizarre college basketball tournament, the “winner” of one fight would “advance” to the next round.

The Hamster Fight Club continued for 20 years, generously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $3 million in taxpayer money. PETA launched a campaign and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake lambasted it in his “Wastebook” of misused government funds. The financial spigot was mercifully shut off in 2017.

Example - NIH - Taxpayer - Money - Thing

If this was only one egregious example of NIH wasting taxpayer money, that would be one thing. But this is an agency that spends about 47 percent of its annual budget on experiments that use dogs, rats, monkeys, mice and other animals as human “models” of human physiology — experiments that rarely, if ever, result in cures or effective treatments for humans. In fact, a full 95 percent of all new drugs that test safe and effective in animal tests fail in human clinical trials.

So if we’re not getting effective treatments, what are we paying for?

Not much.

NIH gave more than $35 million to one of its own experimenters so that he could intentionally induce depression, anxiety, and fear in baby monkeys. Infants were torn away from their mothers, stuffed into tiny cages, and terrorized with loud noises. The experimenter...
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