Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans

Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans

by C . Ray Greek (Author), JeanSwingleGreek (Author)

Synopsis

The authors of this book argue that there is a great divide between species that makes extrapolation of biochemical research from one group to another utterly invalid. In their previous book, Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals , the Greeks showed how an amorphous but insidious network of drug manufacturers, researchers dependent on government grants to earn their living, even cage-manufacurers - among others benefiting from white-coat welfare - have perpetuated animal research in spite of its total unpredictability when applied to humans. (Cancer in mice, for example, has long been cured. Chimps live long and relatively healthy lives with AIDS. There is no animal form of Alzheimer's disease.) In doing so, the Greeks aimed to blow the lid off the specious science we have been culturally conditioned to accept. Taking these revelations one step further, this book uses accessible language to provide the scientific underpinning for the Greeks' philosophy of do no harm to any animal, human or not, by examining paediatrics, diseases of the brain, new surgical techniques, in vitro research, the Human Genome and Proteome Projects, an array of scientific and technological breakthroughs and more.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Published: 06 Jun 2002

ISBN 10: 0826413986
ISBN 13: 9780826413987

Author Bio
C. Ray Greek, with co-author Jean Swingle Greek devote themselves full-time to the message of their two books.