Saturday, August 7, 2010

PRIMATES USED FOR BIOTERROR RESEARCH

3R24RR021745-04S1
IMMUNOGENETICS OF PRIMATES USED FOR BIOTERROR RESEARCH
OCONNOR, DAVID H
$79,923

Dr. David O’Connor
has stated that he opposes the creation of a citizens’ panel to consider the treatment of monkeys at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (or anywhere in Dane County) and the ethics of primate experimentation. During his testimonies -- he made public statements to the Dane County Health and Human Needs Committee and the Dane County Executive Committee in opposition to Resolution 35 -- he went on at length about the "necessity" of monkeys for AIDS research. (I have challenged a number of his statements.)

But he never brought up the fact that he uses monkeys -- and promotes the use of monkeys -- in bio-warfare research. He received almost $80,000 in stimulus funds to further his research in this area. Apparently, at least some small part of it was used to employ a newly graduated high school senior in his lab.

You can read more about his project on the NIH RePORTER website.

A less blunt description for the public as well as information about the way his grant "helped" in the economic "recovery" is available at Recovery.Gov: Track the Money.

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