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Group of doctors sue UC Davis over Elon Musk-funded monkey research


Elon Musk's Neuralink has teamed up with UC Davis to experiment on monkeys.  Now a group of doctors is suing.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink has teamed up with UC Davis to experiment on monkeys. Now a group of doctors is suing.


A group of doctors has filed a lawsuit against UC Davis with the US Department of Agriculture, alleging that a primate research program funded by Elon Musk violates animal welfare law.

The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges in its complaint that the National Center for Primate Research at UC Davis in California – which received more than $1.4 million from Musk’s Neuralink company to conduct experiments – failed to provide the dying monkeys with sufficient veterinary care, used an unapproved substance called “Bioglue” which destroyed parts of the monkeys’ brains, and failed to ensure the psychological well-being of the monkeys in the experience, according to a statement released by the group.

The group is suing in Yolo County Superior Court to force the university to release videos and photographs of the monkeys used in the experiments.

“UC Davis may have handed over its state-funded facility to a billionaire, but that doesn’t mean it can evade transparency requirements and violate federal animal welfare laws,” Jeremy said. Beckham, the committee’s advocacy coordinator, in a statement. “Documents reveal monkeys had their brains mutilated in shoddy experiments and left to suffer and die. It’s no mystery why Elon Musk and the university want to keep the photos and videos of this horrific abuse hidden from the public.

In response to the lawsuit, UC Davis released a statement acknowledging that there was a collaboration with Neuralink that ended in 2020.

A UC Davis spokesperson said in a statement that the research protocols were carefully reviewed and approved by the campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and that UC Davis staff provide veterinary care, including round-the-clock monitoring of animals.

“We strive to provide the best possible care for the animals in our care. Animal research is strictly regulated, and UC Davis follows all applicable laws and regulations, including those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which conducts regular inspections, and the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. UC Davis’ animal care program, including the California National Primate Research Center, is accredited by AAALAC International, a nonprofit organization,” said UC Davis spokesperson Andy Fell. in a press release.

Fell said UC Davis fully complied with the California Public Records Act in responding to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s request for records.

“Indeed, additional material has been provided to the (committee) since the conclusion of the research agreement with Neuralink,” Fell said in a statement to The Sacramento Bee.

In response to media coverage of the USDA complaint, Neuralink released a statement thus, saying that, “It is important to note that these accusations come from people who oppose any use of animals in research. Currently, all new medical devices and treatments must be tested on animals before they can be ethically tested on humans. Neuralink is not unique in this regard. At Neuralink, we are absolutely committed to working with animals in the most humane and ethical way possible. »

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