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Animals In Print
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From 15 January 2002 Issue

Making a Killing...

William C. Hutton, who lives at 1166 Oxford Road, NE, Atlanta, 30306-2608 has received tax funding via NIH grant  #1R55AR45415-01  www.commons.cit.nih.gov/crisp  to be used conducting experiments on dog's spines entitled "Compressive Force Effect on the Disc In Vivo".  

Hutton's experiment involves cutting open dogs and placing a device on the disc between the vertebra in the back that causes the disc to be compressed.  Hutton then sews up the dogs and lets them sit in a cage for 60 weeks with the device in their back exerting pressure.  At the end of 60 excruciating weeks, the dogs are killed.

Hutton states in his experiment's abstract he will illustrate that heavy lifting or heavy physical work, or simply being overweight is detrimental to healthy disc maintenance. 

Hutton has written numerous papers in the past discussing the dangers of heavy lifting and some of those can be found on the Emory University web site.  This experiment is duplicative and provides no new information.  It is however a source of necessary funding to pay researchers' salaries and help pay administrative costs at Emory University.

Funding for this experiment is provided by the taxpayers.  If you care to comment, you can contact Hutton at william_hutton@emory.org  or 404-778-7156.

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