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Let's Cut Some Spending: $520,000 to use mice to learn about racial aggression

Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today’s offering: $520,000 to learn about racial aggression using mice!

The Washington Examiner reports:

A team of University of Illinois at Chicago researchers received nearly $520,000 in NIH funding for experiments on mice in 2020. The researchers sought to determine the extent to which structural racial aggression against African Americans contributes to colorectal cancer...
“According to [Tussing-Humphreys], exposing mice to 'episodic aggression' — that is, forcing these animals to fight each other — purportedly will help develop ‘novel strategies to reduce racial disparities’ in colorectal cancer,” PETA wrote in May 2021. “Obviously, forcing mice to fight each other does not accurately mimic the experiences of African Americans in real life, and any suggestion that it does is wrong and frankly insulting.”




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