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Animal Activists Target NASA Mission

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Science  05 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5258, pp. 26
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5258.26


A lobbying campaign by animal activists could jeopardize the scheduled launch this fall of a multinational space project to examine the effects of weightlessness on rhesus monkeys. The controversy pits the political muscle of animal-rights activists and their allies—who have called the experiments “one giant leap backward for mankind”—against NASA life scientists eager to conduct the first comprehensive examination of the effects of weightlessness on muscles, bones, the immune system, and coordination. The Bion project is a joint effort involving U.S., French, and Russian scientists.