"We cannot afford the luxury of five more years of monkey data, which, ultimately, will never be able to prove safety in humans anyway."
Dr Charles Farthing, Medical Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Los Angeles, quoted in The Dominion, 31 October 1997, page 9, speaking about possible HIV-vaccines.
The United Nations AIDS programme has expressed "serious safety concerns" for 50 doctors who have volunteered to test a vaccine using HIV on themselves. It said the vaccine, 'successfully tested' on monkeys, was potentially dangerous to humans, as "unlike other current candidate AIDS vaccines, there is no guarantee that it will not give [the volunteers] AIDS".
The Dominion, 27 September 1997, page 4.
"I would have thought the experiments were totally useless because you can't extrapolate from animals to humans with any confidence"
Dr Frank Barnaby, former Aldermaston Laboratory physicist and nuclear weapons expert, Sunday Star-Times, 15 June 1997, speaking about experiments involving animals being exposed to nuclear weapon tests at Aldermaston, UK in the 1960s.
"The question is, is it a significant scientific question and if so, why? I can't see either application or theory. It sounds literally like jobs for the boys."
Phillida Bunkle, Alliance Party health spokeswoman, Sunday Star-Times, 21 September 1997, page A2, speaking on a government grant of $350,000 to a team of Otago scientists (led by Dr Grant Montgomery of AgResearch, Dunedin) to find out why human men differ from elephants who keep their testes in the abdomen. "The testicle researchers will be testing mostly ram semen. Elephant semen, they argue, is a little hard to come by" [sic].