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The Price of Killing Off Animal Testing
Each year, more than 25 million animals are used for scientific research in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those are mice - sort of. These lab-raised animals don’t burrow or gather like their wild peers. They are more like abstractions of human ills, mouse models of disease, genetically engineered to die in a very particular way.
"This is the central contradiction of animal experimentation: Mice are like us in all the ways that matter, so they’re used as stand-ins for humans - but the moral significance of those similarities is ignored," says Justin Goodman, who has been an animal rights activist since he saw scientists drill holes in the heads of monkeys as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut.
Since the 1980s, the rise of transgenesis - the science of genetic engineering - has brought with it a seemingly endless series of biomedical breakthroughs. It has also opened up a field of inquiry about the unnerving price of all this. “The use of primates in research has increased, and the use of mice has exploded,” Goodman tells Newsweek.

The Price of Killing Off Animal Testing

Each year, more than 25 million animals are used for scientific research in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those are mice - sort of. These lab-raised animals don’t burrow or gather like their wild peers. They are more like abstractions of human ills, mouse models of disease, genetically engineered to die in a very particular way.

"This is the central contradiction of animal experimentation: Mice are like us in all the ways that matter, so they’re used as stand-ins for humans - but the moral significance of those similarities is ignored," says Justin Goodman, who has been an animal rights activist since he saw scientists drill holes in the heads of monkeys as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut.

Since the 1980s, the rise of transgenesis - the science of genetic engineering - has brought with it a seemingly endless series of biomedical breakthroughs. It has also opened up a field of inquiry about the unnerving price of all this. “The use of primates in research has increased, and the use of mice has exploded,” Goodman tells Newsweek.

Like the atomic bomb in the waning days of World War II, the computer virus known as Stuxnet, discovered in 2010, seemed to usher in a new era of warfare. In the era of cyberwar, experts warned, silent, software-based attacks will take the place of explosive ordinance, tanks, and machine guns, or at least set the stage for them. Or maybe not. Almost four years after it was first publicly identified, Stuxnet is an anomaly: the first and only cyberweapon ever known to have been deployed. Now some experts in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure want to know why. Are there fewer realistic targets than suspected? Are such weapons more difficult to construct than realized? Or is the current generation of cyberweapons simply too well hid? Such questions were on the minds of the world’s top experts in the security of industrial control systems last week at the annual S4 conference outside Miami. S4 gathers the world’s top experts on the security of nuclear reactors, power grids, and assembly lines.
newman:

“Now remember, feed the cats twice a day, water the plants once a week, and this is a list of the programs we want videotaped.”
Newsweek, August 6, 1984

Ha! They had cats in 1984.

newman:

“Now remember, feed the cats twice a day, water the plants once a week, and this is a list of the programs we want videotaped.”

Newsweek, August 6, 1984

Ha! They had cats in 1984.

annie werner: Thoughts On The Internet-Crush-Of-The-Moment http://anniewerner.tumblr.com/post/10484867466

anniewerner:

  • I wonder if his LinkedIn is active. That would be a minus.
  • At what exact moment did he decide to move from Vaguely Asexual Sexy Librarian to Woody Allen glasses? Good move regardless.
  • First rule of internet crushes: do NOT talk about internet crushes (publicly).
  • Don’t Wiki him. C’mon.
  • OF COURSE we have 11 Facebook friends in common.
  • Hey! He’s never written for Thought Catalog!
  • Wait, we could like, potentially meet. We’ve probably been in the same room before.
  • It’s doomed.
  • [He probably only likes cute Asian girls with straight across bangs.]
  • DON’T TALK ABOUT INTERNET CRUSHES.

Annie Werner’s rules for the Internet crush. (Care to share yours?)

Have you read Think Quarterly, Google’s new free magazine?

utnereader:

If Think Quarterly is a free, niched magazine—but it’s bankrolled by one of the largest companies on Earth—is it still considered “alternative press”?

It will be fascinating to see how this evolves. The mag is currently aimed just at Google’s partners and advertisers—but, let’s be honest, how long do we really think that’ll be the case? Here’s how managing director Matt Brittin introduced the publication: “At Google, we often think that speed is the forgotten ‘killer application’ - the ingredient that can differentiate winners from the rest. But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.”

The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.
From this week’s cover of NEWSWEEK: Sharon Begley on the science of decision-making