Fried Chicken, Anyone?

Yesterday, we published an article drawing attention to Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s seeming involvement in an experiment that appears to amount to vivisection.  Given that – at that time – we were in possession of just one paper in which there was evidence of Gordon-Nesbitt’s involvement we were careful to withhold judgment.

However, following publication, a source sent us further material that showed that the ‘Sprague-Dawson rats experimentation’ was not the only occasion in which the good doctor participated in activities surrounding Iranian animal experimentation.

A paper submitted to the aptly entitled Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in 2003, a year prior to publication of the ‘Sprague-Fawson paper’, concerns further troubling revelations.   The paper again authored by ‘Maryam Shams Lahijani‘ purported to study the potential health risks of power lines.  Fears, now comprehensively dismissed, that power lines created electromagnetic fields that could cause cancer were a popular pseudo-scientific myth in the early 2000s.¹

The 2003 paper is re-published here:

Development of preincubated chicken eggs following exposure to 50 Hz electromagnetic fields with 1.33-7.32 mT flux densities*

The experiment behind the paper exposed chicken eggs to a powerful electro-magnetic field before examining the resulting chicks.  The waves utilised were at a frequency of 50hz – the same level of the UK electricity supply in a home.  According to the paper, the eggs were exposed to the waves of the AC equivalent frequency for 24 hours.

The methodology section of the experiment explains the format of the electromagnetic field exposure with which the eggs were treated.  Hundreds of eggs were laid within a cylindrical electromagnetic coil.  Differing egg groups were then, in turn, exposed to various ‘densities’ of magnetic field – all at the 50hz level.  Densities utilised were far higher than any known environmental exposure within the Developed World.

Many of the egg-borne foetuses died before hatching – never having an opportunity at life.  Many more eggs resulted in deformed hatchlings – up to 57.1% in some groups.

It is worth reiterating again that; environmental charity, World Animal Protection, grade Iran a ‘G’ – the lowest on a 

For our purposes, the most concerning aspect of this tale can be gleamed, once again, from the acknowledgements.Screen Shot 2018-05-03 at 14.38.13.png

The inference is inescapable.  When Gordon-Nesbitt edited the manuscript for the Sprague-Dawson paper, she appears to have already edited the manuscript of a previous paper in which the author had exposed egg-borne chicks to high-powered electromagnetic fields.  Given the methodology outlined in both tests, we repeat our question to Dr Gordon-Nesbitt:

What assurances did you seek or receive as to the ethical requirements of this animal experimentation?

Dr G-N – get in touch on the contact page if you want to answer…

NOTE: There is nothing to suggest that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt physically participated in any of the experimentation or in any cruelty.  Nor is there any evidence to suggest she was aware of any cruelty and failed to act.  Her involvement should be considered to be solely in manuscript preparation and editing. Nothing within this article should be considered as stating and/or implying involvement in activities that are in any way criminal or illicit in any jurisdiction including the Republic of Iran or the United Kingdom.



DISCLAIMER: Do not try anything described in this article at home. Please do not gather any animals or their nascent offspring and in anyway ‘hook them up to jumper cables’.

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