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.
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.
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