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2013-10-10 01:25:01 PM  
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Are the physiologies of cats so close to humans that experiments like this yeild anything worthwhile?

Not to go all Joseph Mengela on everyone, but there are perfectly good humans on death row that could be used for experminents.  I wonder why we don't make better use of them.  Or maybe just narrow it down to pedophile sex offenders.
2013-10-10 01:11:03 PM  
2 votes:
It's a cat. 15 bucks gets you one on any corner in breeding season.
2013-10-11 12:21:52 AM  
1 vote:
*cough cough* Harry Harlow *cough cough*

Amazingly, people didn't assume before Harlow's tests on monkeys that kids who didn't get physical contact with parental figures would turn out emotionally maladjusted.
2013-10-10 05:19:53 PM  
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2013-10-10 03:04:44 PM  
1 vote:

Fubini: Cats are used in many studies, often because they're readily available. Animal control shelters euthanize gobs and gobs of cats every year. This way some of them can go to a good purpose instead of starving and dying on the street.

As long as you are a robot with zero empathy for living things that makes perfect sense.

There's also lots of old people just going to waste in retirement homes which could be tortured in experiments.
2013-10-10 02:36:15 PM  
1 vote:
In terms of horrific animal experiments, this is about a 1 of 10.
2013-10-10 02:08:57 PM  
1 vote:
Am I the only one who's ok with that experiment? I was expecting electroshock and stuff. The kitten even fully recovered at the end.

I do believe The same experiment on human babies would be wrong, and in fact worst has been done using babies.
2013-10-10 01:54:00 PM  
1 vote:
Of course, the objection here is that the animals being used are kittens, which is half the reason why anything larger than a hamster has stricter rules about the work you can do with it. The fact that this was all done without any injections or surgery to the animals means that it was incredibly gentle compared to most lab animal research.

I wonder if they could have used mice for this experiment.

Russ1642: Yogimus: It's a cat. 15 bucks gets you one on any corner in breeding season.

I once visited the lab of a guy doing robotics research for spinal chord victims. They would cut cats open and implant chips in their spinal columns and wouldn't fully close them up but used binder clips instead. He built the robotic arms that would move the cat's legs while they measured the nervous feedback. He said that they lost a few cats simply because they weren't exactly surgeons and were kind of just winging that portion of their research. But they were on the leading edge of their field and are helping many people have a way better quality of life.

That university's IRB is not doing their job.
2013-10-10 01:51:43 PM  
1 vote:
*sees pic of kitten with heading "Two Kitten Experiment"*
*clicks away*
2013-10-10 01:48:28 PM  
1 vote:
The described study was done back in the 60's.  We're more enlightened now.  Or not . . .
2013-10-10 01:47:53 PM  
1 vote:
i09 - amazing news from 50 years ago!
2013-10-10 01:44:10 PM  
1 vote:
Immobile Kitten would make a decent band name...
2013-10-10 01:36:48 PM  
1 vote:
particularly operation paperclip scientists

/the biggest assholes
2013-10-10 01:25:41 PM  
1 vote:

/Sooooo doesn't approve.
2013-10-10 01:07:14 PM  
1 vote:
The entire apparatus was then vibrated up and down.
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