The leap from animal research to humans

For the second time in a week (maybe it's happened more and we fortunately missed it), the New York Daily News has copied animal research stories in the London Daily Mail and spread the excitement about possible human uses across the ocean.

Yesterday, the NYDN touted "a new cream that promises instant anti-impotence with no side effects."

We're talking about a study in 10 rats.

Supposedly the cream "succeeded" in 9 of them, although how anti-impotence "success" was measured in rats was not described.

Even if this had been about 10 people we would have shrieked, as if we'd seen a mouse.

Last week, the NYDN headline was: "Coming soon! The mind-cleansing drug that helps you forget all your bad memories"

We weren't told what kind of animals nor how many benefited from this approach.

Maybe they were elephants, who supposedly never forget. Now THAT would be news!

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This page contains a single entry by Gary Schwitzer published on September 22, 2009 9:28 AM.

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