- I had no idea there were drugs to treat hearing loss, but Lisa Jarvis sets me straight.
- Interesting news from Ann Thayer that GSK is looking at building plants in Africa.
- Slightly more women faculty members are being hired. (by Sophie Rovner)
It is upsetting that C&EN would feature an image of a burned animal being probed by a spectroscopist as some kind of evidence for progress in health science and diagnostics (C&EN, Jan. 13, page 28). In fact, the decision to include the photo of this shaved, burned, and undoubtedly traumatized mouse, strongly suggests that the magazine is out of touch when it comes to matters of taste and blind with regard to ethical considerations that should surround decisions involving animal research.The debate around animals in medical research is a heated one to be sure; interesting to see there is disagreement on the subject amongst chemists as well.
I would prefer that the researchers on this team shave and burn their own skin before anesthetizing and probing each other. I am serious. Not only would it be a better story, with more gripping photos, but it might also give such researchers pause as they consider the harm and suffering they inflict on their unfortunate lab animals.
Is it any wonder that much of our citizenry continues to regard animal-based scientific studies with revulsion? I hope that C&EN will adopt changes in its editorial review that considers and rejects coverage (and implied approval) of research invoking such obvious cruelty to animals.
Forest Grove, Ore.
(I have always wondered if certain chemists are more likely to go into bench chemistry because they won't have to deal with the ethical issues of animal research?)