University of California President Mark Yudof and all UC Chancellors have signed onto the Pro-Test Petition, a statement of principles in support of scientists work with animals in biomedical research.
The Petition, a joint project of Americans for Medical Progress, Pro-Test for Science and Speaking of Research, recently reached the milestone of 10,000 signatories. Among those supporting the petition are Nobel Laureates, including David Baltimore (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1975) and David Hubel (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1981), and members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Medicine.
In thanking the UC leadership for their unanimous support J. David Jentsch wrote to President Yudof:
Without the support of the institutions and our colleagues, the actions we have taken since April would not have been possible. In addition, it is clear that we have an immense amount of work yet to do, and that will only be possible with continuing enthusiastic support. Never before have we seen our colleagues joining ranks in such numbers around this issue, and your leadership clearly has had an influence on this development.
The petition remains on line and will be presented to key legislators in April 2010.
You can sign by going to www.raisingvoices.net
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