By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases’ role in funding gain of function research in China, as well as a recent bombshell report on cruel experiments on beagles, has focused a white-hot spotlight on their research grants.
Here’s another highly questionable expenditure: According to an NIH grant originally uncovered by The National Pulse, Fauci’s agency awarded grants totaling $478,188 in Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 to inject hormones into male monkeys to make them female.
The grant from the NIH was awarded to Scripps Research in Jupiter, Florida. In the abstract, the researchers state that “TGW [transgender women] have some of the highest concentrated HIV epidemics in the world, with a pooled global prevalence of 19% and a 49-fold higher odds ratio of acquiring HIV than non-transgender adults. A key part of gender affirmation in TGW is feminizing hormone therapy (FHT), of which the main drug is the hormone estradiol.”
To address this, the researchers “will model FHT [female hormone therapy] in nonhuman primates to prospectively address two knowledge gaps about the impact of FHT on the male immune system… Ultimately, the experiments proposed here will begin to uncover how FHT can affect HIV susceptibility and the outcome of immune interventions in TGW.”
All grantees that receive funding from the NIH are required to follow the ethical guidelines put forth in the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. It states that “Studies that may result in…significant alterations in the animals’ ability to maintain normal physiology…should include descriptions of appropriate humane endpoints or provide science-based justification for not using a particular, commonly accepted humane endpoint.”
It is unclear if an official ethical justification for this experiment was ever provided. The chief bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health is Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife, Christine Grady. Grady earned $238,970 in 2021 which is more than the vice president of the U.S. makes each year.
Should the NIH be funding animal research, especially research that alters the gender of the animal?
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