We can now keep a severed human brain alive forever!
ravena at cco.caltech.edu
Sat Feb 17 13:54:37 EST 1996
>In article <312293D9.5C81 at lamar.colostate.edu> geoff miller <gmm at lamar.colostate.edu> writes:
>>Has anyone heard of this being done?
Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, claimed in a speech that she gave at
Stanford University in 1991, that "keeping a severed monkey head alive"
was one of the goals of NIH-funded animal research. She then went on to
denounce NIH-funded animal research as being "useless" and "irrelevant"
based on examples such as this one.
I have never heard of any such goal for animal or monkey heads or brains.
And I am not a fan of Newkirk's tactics or her "research."
It's interesting that this kind of "urban legend" keeps making
the rounds. It doesn't do a lot of good for the image of neuroscience in
the eyes of the general public, though.
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