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FBI probes claims of AIDS-tainted razors sent to UCLA professor

David JentschThe FBI and local police on Wednesday were investigating another incident involving a UCLA neuroscientist, this one involving an animal-rights group that claims to have sent "AIDS-tainted" razors to the researcher.

Officials stressed that they don't know whether the razors had any substance on them, but that they are trying to find out.

Earlier this month, David Jentsch, who does research on rodents and primates, received the package that is the focus of the investigation, UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said.

Previously, animal-rights activists have demonstrated in front of Jentsch's house and allegedly set fire to his car.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the Animal Liberation Front said it had obtained statements from animal activists called "The Justice Department of UCLA," which claimed responsibility for sending AIDS-tainted razor blades to Jentsch, whom the group alleges has injected the rodents with addictive drugs.

"How would Jentsch like the same thing he does to primates to be done to him?" the statement said.

Hampton said the incident is under investigation by the FBI and UCLA police. The activists claimed to have sent a similar package to one of Jentsch's researchers, but there is no evidence that package was received, UCLA said.

For several years, UCLA researchers have been harassed by groups seeking to halt animal research.

In March 2009, Jentsch's vehicle was blown up outside his home, an incident for which extremists also claimed responsibility, UCLA said in a statement.

Jentsch's work, much of it funded by the National Institutes of Health, has provided key information on biochemical processes that contribute to methamphetamine addiction affecting teens, and disabilities affecting speech and behavior of schizophrenia patients, UCLA said.

"Responsible use of animals in research aimed at improving the health and welfare of the mentally ill is the right thing to do," Jentsch said in a statement. "We will continue to do so because we have a moral responsibility to society to use our skills for the betterment of the world."

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-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: UCLA professor David Jentsch at a pro-animal-research rally in 2009. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

 
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While I do not agree with most of the testing done on animals in the name of science, this is just wrong. It doesn't help the cause, and just causes negative press.

What's wrong with his eyebrows?

nice eyebrows

more terrorist for the goverment to go after lock them up

there just as bad as sadam or any terrorist.

ummm AIDS can't live outside a host body for more then a couple seconds... this is a stupid story.

I don't think his car was torched or the razors sent due to his testing on animals. I think they were done so the guy would fix those eyebrows.. just plain creepy!

Animal rights activists are just as much terrorists as Al Qaeda, they all need to be hunted down (pun intended). As to the good Dr., leave the eyebrows alone. Makes you look like a joke.

Well why should he cry about it? He is experimenting on animals who cannot talk for themselves so they cant agree to these experiments. He is being sent razors as a science experiment, just like a lab animal. He is lucky that he has the CHOICE to use these razors or not. Stop using defensless animals as a test subject. Rapists, murderers, baby killers? All these are acceptable persons to experiment on. Not only can they speak to tell you how they feel but why not give them something to do why they are in prison mooching off the system.

Sorry Ginger, I simply disagree. Animal research, while not pleasant or desired, is absolutely necessary for the future medical needs of both humans and animals. The animals are carefully monitored with tons of regulations - far better than most pets......

His eyebrows appear to be a terrorist threat!

First of all, there is no such thing as AIDS-tainted razor blades. AIDS is a syndrome caused by the HIV virus. Furthermore, the virus itself cannot live outside the body for more than 15 minutes, because oxygen kills it. So the ALF are a bunch of morons...

This is why many people don't take activist seriously, when their protest don't work then they start blowing stuff up. I would understand death threats or something similar because it would scare him. But why blow up his car, the idiots could have burn down his home. Sure some activist will say "Well at the least he won't experiment on animals and kill them anymore" but news flash you could have just killed someone. Try a better way of protesting with out trying to take a life, because if you "extreme activist" continue to do things that could hurt someone then people will just keep supporting the Doctor's research.

Maybe the razors were for him to shave his eye brows

iBrows.

Responsible scientific trials involving animal subjects are an absolute necessity for the advancement of medicine. Without them, we wouldn't have a fraction of the vaccines and medications we depend on today. Vaccines for diphtheria and polio, insulin for the treatment of diabetes, antibiotics for tuberculosis, various antipsychotics, anesthetics, drugs for the treatment of HIV... none of these would be possible without animal testing. And this is just a handful of diseases we can treat or prevent because of animal research. These activist should ask themselves, "where would we be as a society without these vaccines and medications which were developed thanks to animal research?" Obviously this researcher isn't injecting primates with drugs just for the fun of it. And, not many people are willing to be "guinea pigs" themselves. I do not support the unethical treatment of animals. But, I am thankful for the advances in medicine that we have because of responsible, ethical, moral research done using animals as test subjects.

Who writes these articles? You mean HIV infected or tainted with the HIV, the virus that causes AIDS?

1. AIDS is a syndrome, not a virus or other substance. AIDS-tainted razor is like saying Alzheimer's tainted q-tip.

2. These animal rights activists need to get their priorities straight: animal testing is a NECESSITY for the advancement of medicine. Is it worth sacrificing a million mice / dogs / monkeys to cure cancer? Of course it is, and if you don't agree with that then feel free to refuse to take any medicine but don't get in the way of the rest of us who understand it is a necessary sacrifice. And to those who are appalled by the fact that these animals have no free will and don't have a choice to be used as research tools, consider this: life has naturally evolved to where we are right now, with homosapiens being the dominant form of life on this planet and rodents and other lesser animals being used for drug testing. If life had evolved in such a way that rodents or monkeys were in the position that we are now, don't you think that we as a species would be caged up, put in zoos and used for research purposes?

Shouldn't this be HIV tainted?

He look like he could be related to Dave Ferrie, who was that gay airline pilot supposedly involved with the JFK plot.

This is awful. ALF has once again gone way too far. Although animal testing is cruel and wrong- I can bet you no one here will refuse to use a product that has been tested on animals when it comes to a life or death situation.

Knowingly giving someone AIDS is a true crime.

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. ALF isn't helping anything... They aren't helping animals or doing research on a way we can avoid animal testing and still have live changing products. They are a sick organization and they need to be stopped.

an eye (brow) for an eye(brow)

Look people, exactly what would you have science do? We do not allow testing on humans, so animals have to be used! Most scientists with any morality care for their animals because to not do so changes the results and nullifies their grants. Again, I don't necessarily agree with animal testing, but until we allow testing on humans, they're all we have.

My understanding is, if the bug is outside of its warm environment for more than 5 minutes it dies.

Sending the razor blades to these doctors or any other person for that matter through the post is going to exceed 5 minutes.

Like another article that read "partial DNA". Not going to happen.

Hope that helps the rocket scientist at the FBI.

My understanding is, if the bug is outside of its warm environment for more than 5 minutes it dies.

Sending the razor blades to these doctors or any other person for that matter through the post is going to exceed 5 minutes.

Like another article that read "partial DNA". Not going to happen.

Hope that helps the rocket scientist at the FBI.

He's an Eye Bro!


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