At 11:41 AM 07/05/02 -0400, Walter Hicks wrote:
>Some of this can be really good also. I have a friend who suffered from
>Parkinson's and could not do a thing for himself. They implanted
>electrodes inside a specific area of his brain and hardwired controls to
>them. He can now adjust the controls to eliminate all the shaking and to
>allow him to walk normally.
>Controlling rats like that seems a bit cruel to me.
So, there is a subject. How do you do the research to relieve the
suffering of Parkinson patients, and at the same time prevent that actions
of rats (later maybe people) are controlled. I believe that as scientists
we must be aware of the dangers, help each other when someone is forced to
do something against his conscience, and make sure that the power in
this type of research is not in the hand of companies, who are not
answerable to anyone about what they are doing. Must the patent- laws be
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