Curing vision problems in children?
The infant pictured here was one of eight macaques
used for durations of 3 to 24 weeks and was fitted with the goggles
shown on the first day of their lives to decorrelate their vision
under the claim of studying infantile esotropia. Like so many
similar experiments in the past, the macaques developed the desired
Nothing new there.
rare photo of actual Yerkes'
The macaques left Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University and
were shipped to Washington Univ. in St. Louis, MO. between 4 to
6 months of age and were trained to perform tasks and were rewarded
Eye coils were implanted at one year of age and all the macaques
were teted for 3 to 6 months. These visually impared infants were
required to maintain their eye position within a certain range for
up to five seconds to receive a juice reward.
search coils were implanted in both eyes and a custon-built polycarbonate
head-restraint device was attached to the skull."...
"...The monkey sat in a primate
chair in the middle of field coils. The head restraint was locked
to preclude head movement and the room was lit with dim background
illumination. Eye position was calibrated at the start of each recording
session by using a calibration coil and by having the animal maintain
eye position within a 2 degree window of target position."
Similar experiments continued to be performed with varying degrees
of difficulty but the macaques came to their deaths in the following
"The animals were anesthetized deeply
and a lethal dose of pentobarbital was administered, followed by
perfusion of fixative through the left ventricle using an electric
pump. The cerebral hemispheres and brain stem were then removed
from the cranium and immersed in a separate container of fixative.
The visual cortex was unfolded and flattened, then cut in to 40-um
sections on a freezing microtome in a plane parallel to the pial
This horrific waste of time, money and primate lives was funded
by your tax dollars from the National Institutes of Health grant
# 5R01 EY010214 08-11 and the National Eye Institute. Additional
funding was received from the Walt and Lilly Disney Scholars Award.
This information is taken directly from an article published in
American Ophthalmological Society, titled, Causing and Curing Infantile
Esotropia in Primates: The Role of Decorrelated Binocular Input
(An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis), Trans Am Ophthalmol
Soc. 2007 December; 105: 564-593 by Lawrence Tychsen, MD.
The National Eye Institute, with the help of the National Institutes
of Health, has funded approximately 52 similar grants for a total
of almost $100 milllion dollars.
NIH data tells us researcher Lawrence Tychsen was awarded $2.8
MILLION dollars to perform this cruel experiment. He stole any happiness
the primates might have enjoyed in their all too short lives.
These facilities are nothing more than a death-trap for animals
and are not producing the cures and treatments American taxpayers
have funded and been promised for decades.
Researchers continue to ride the federal gravy train and receive
grants but produce no new information. Experiments similar to the
one describe here have been performed many times and until we complain
LOUDLY to our elected officials, this waste, pain and suffering
will never end.
We hope you will consider contacting Sen.
Christopher Dodd of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions and let him know how you feel about this and the many other
experiments just like it.
These eight primates are dead but their siblings remain in the
laboratories. Please speak for them.
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