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Health & Wellness  (tags: vaccine, vaccines, vaccination, autism, animal, testing )

- 3676 days ago -
So it comes to this. Ignore the victims and their parents but hey dose up a 'batch' of monkeys and show 'scientifically' that vaccines cause autism and suddenly everyone sits up? What has this world come to? Science? I don't think so.

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Brenda H (29)
Thursday May 29, 2008, 11:42 am

Nora I (5)
Thursday May 29, 2008, 1:57 pm
This is important information and I'm very glad it's being publicized. It is unfortunate that it has taken so long for a formal scientific inquiry to establish what observation of uncounted parents and caretakers has indicated for so long. I worry, though, that the credibility of such an already contentious issue may be harmed by inaccurate presentation. First of all, the study in question uses macaque monkeys as test subjects, but every picture I've seen associated with this story (including the Age of Autism website) depicts chimpanzees. Chimps are apes, not monkeys, and not used in the study. Further, the article itself refers to the test subjects as "our closest animal cousins", again confusing the distinction between ape and monkey (note the lack of prehensile tails in humans). Perhaps this is meant to be an emotional appeal which brings the issue closer to home, but, since there is enough trouble getting the medical community to recognize the apparent link between autism and vaccines, perhaps the opportunity should not be left open for those who would disagree to turn the focus onto inaccuracies of argument.

Alf I (246)
Friday May 30, 2008, 3:42 am
I see your point Nora. I didn't have time to find a pic of macaques and thought the 3 wise monkeys theme was apt for this article. The point is it's a shame that no-one has listened to the real test subjects (the parents of the children) and only take notice when the usual animal studies are used. We have to remember that vaccines are 'thoroughly' tested on animals BEFORE being released onto the public so this is closing the barn dorr after the horse has bolted don't ya think?

Gorilly Girl (339)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 12:22 pm
Nora actaully their genes are only 2% diffrent than out genes...and through evolution we alas have lost our tails..hence our tailbone...just me own theory now...

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Alf I (246)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 2:02 pm
Some might say that because we share so close a DNA with them then more reason to use them for mediacl research. I also heard somewhere (but don't quote me on it) that we share 99% of our DNA with worms. Don't know where I heard that and it's probably rubbish but just 1% can make ALL the difference coz DNA is a mighty powerful and complicated thing.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 3:20 pm
Well alf you know as well as I do it is WRONG me ape and monkey buds are my life and my casue and the shit should matter how close we are...Grrrrrrrrrr I hate animal research shit...Bad.

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Alf I (246)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 3:27 pm
Yeh you said it Steph!! I hate it too!
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