Animal Writes
8 July 2001 Issue
Wasted Research, Continued Torture

from In Defense of Animals (IDA) - [email protected]

This is a story that has not broken mainstream media-you are privileged to learn it first through the vast networking done by those who care about animals. Yerkes hired a vivisector as its new director, one who slices monkey's brains then makes the monkeys do memory tests. The animal concerned community learned this before the public....Yerkes has leaks who are sympathetic to AR. Here is a press release that is circulating ....PLEASE PASS ON THE NEWS & take any actions you feel appropriate....letters, calls to Yerkes, media...the web site included in the press release has a wealth of info.

Yerkes Primate Center is Dumping Ground for Third-Rate Experimenter

Emory University will announce that Stuart Zola will be named Director of its Yerkes Primate Center effective September 1, 2001. Former Director, Tom Insel, M.D., was transferred to another area as Yerkes received national coverage concerning the 1997 death of a young researcher; callous comments by Insel about the researcher's death to ABC's 20/20 and exposure to the same deadly virus by a second researcher during OSHA's on-site investigation. A third exposure was announced earlier this year. Tom Gordon, Ph.D., a long-time employee at Yerkes was named interim Director.

Stuart Zola (Zola-Morgan) has an established history of animal experimentation and is leaving the University of California at San Diego to join the Yerkes team. Zola has been conducting the same experiment since March 1, 1983 and has failed to produce anything to help sick people. This is not surprising since Zola has stated :

"Part of what's driving me is not the fact that I want to develop a cure for brain

damage. It's just that I want to be able to understand how this all works. I hope

others will be able to use what we find in a practical and clinical way. But the

major reason I'm doing this is that I want to know." ~ Dr. Stuart Zola

Local activist, Jean Barnes stated 'Zola's statement sounds as if his experiments are more of a hobby than really working to help sick people. Sick people need serious help; not quacks or charlatans in laboratories'. Other activists question why Emory and Yerkes have settled for Zola, who is not a medical doctor, but a Ph.D and deficient in important training only an M.D. can supply. Perhaps all these unfortunate incidents have reduced Yerkes to a third-rate facility and a 'dumping ground'?

Pulitzer Prize winner, Deborah Blum interviewed Zola and described Zola's experiments in her book, 'The Monkey Wars' as follows:

"Zola-Morgan's first job is to brace the head. There is no wiggle room in brain

surgery. He opens the monkey's mouth and inserts a metal T-bar, the top of

the tee catching behind the sharp canine teeth. Two metal prongs, blunt-ended,

grip the area just outside the edge of the animal's eye sockets. With teeth and

eyes anchored, the monkey's head is held rigidly still, awaiting the first cut.

Holding a scalpel, Zola-Morgan traces a T-cut onto the top of the head, a line

behind the brow-bone, a perpendicular cut down the back of the head......He

rolls the severed skin away from the muscle. And the tough muscle holds hard

and tight to the skull, resisting his efforts to pull it away. It is a good hour until

he can see the left cheekbone, the pinkish-white curve of the zygomatic arch.

Still, he has to free it further, hitching a square of gauze behind the bone,

dragging it up and down until the muscle is polished off and the arch stands

clear. Then, using a drill that fills the room with the whine of metal on bone, he

breaks out the arch. He cuts on, opening a path through the muscle to the skull.

Then more drilling, making a walnut-sized hole in the skull itself. Then carefully,

he chips away the bony skull to expose the tissue that covers the brain, the thin,

gray rubbery-looking sheet of the dura. And then the whole process must be

repeated on the other side of the head.'

Zola, in the 18 years he has received our tax dollars to fund experiments on monkey brains, has produced and discovered NOTHING to help sick people. Repeat - NOTHING. Zola has written papers, attended meetings and even does magic tricks to entertain children but the scientific facts

are that Zola has squandered real opportunities to help sick people and raided the public till. But again, Zola has stated he is not interested in helping sick people. Emory endorses useless research like Zola's because it garners our federal tax dollars to pay Emory's administrative costs and salaries for those performing experiments at Emory and Yerkes.

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