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Rabbit with a gray and white face after transplant
Chinese researchers show a rabbit with a gray and white face after a face-transplant operation at a plastic surgery institute in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, December 23, 2005. Researchers transplanted half the face of a white rabbit to the gray one 14 days ago, local media reported. The gray rabbit is in normal health condition, able to open and close its eyes. It is the first successful face-transplant operation reported in China.
Comment: How many rabbits before this one was considered successful? How much pain and suffering? How many deaths? Cruelty and torture under the guise of science and research for the benefit of man.
In Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the HMS Beagle Mark Twain wrote: “Can any plausible excuse be furnished for the crime of creating the human race?”
Japanese scientists clone embryo of vanishing 'living fossil'
mongabay.com November 28, 2008
With less than 5,000 Amami rabbits left in Japan,
scientists have implanted a cloned embryo of the species into a common rabbit
according to a recent entry in the EDGE blog. The scientists hope that the Amami
will come to full-term, but warned that the possibility of pregnancy was only 10
percent—not uncommon with other cloned animals.
Amami is ranked as number 43 in the EDGE program’s list of the hundred most
unique and endangered mammals worldwide. The species has been referred to as a
‘living fossil’ due to the fact that it is similar to fossils found in the
Miocene, and remains one of the most primitive rabbits in the world.