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Undercover investigation: Weizmann Institute of Science

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Uploaded on Dec 17, 2007

Undercover investigation in the department of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in October 2007.

Over the course of the past 30 years, Professor Amiram Grinvald and his colleagues in the department of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, have conducted a series of invasive and punishing experiments on monkeys and cats. Many of these studies last for several years and involve drilling holes in the skulls of the animals, in order to expose the brain cortex. A special dye is then applied directly on to the brain surface in order to observe the electrical activity of groups of nerve cells, which is subsequently photographed. All of these experiments fall under the heading of basic research ('trial and error'), which, by definition, need not yield any practical application to human or veterinary medicine.
The Israeli organization 'Let the Animals Live' carried out an undercover investigation in the department of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in October 2007. The undercover work was the result of information received by an animal technician who had been employed in the department for a month. The investigation documented two experimental procedures -- experiments on eight monkeys, headed by Dr. David B. Omer, and experiments on an unknown number of cats, headed by Dr. Shmuel Na'aman. Both researchers are pupils of Prof. Grinvald.

At the present time, eight monkeys are housed in the department of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science: their names are Shuki, Teka, Zubumupu, Gaydamak, Koko, Pikatchu, Peretz and Butch. These animals were purchased from the monkey breeding farm at Mazor in Israel.
http://www.animal-tv.org

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