The Mayo Clinic describes muscular dystrophy as “a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.” And the NIH National Library of Medicine describes infant-onset Pompe Disease (a rare form of muscular dystrophy):
“Infants with this disorder typically experience muscle weakness (myopathy), poor muscle tone (hypotonia), an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly), and heart defects. Affected infants may also fail to gain weight and grow at the expected rate (failure to thrive) and have breathing problems. If untreated, this form of Pompe Disease leads to death from heart failure in the first year of life.”
The illustrious pediatrician/vivisector, Dr. Barry J. Byrne, is directly responsible for the genetically-modified breeding of untold numbers of mice, dogs, and monkeys to exhibit the debilitating neurological and musculoskeletal mutations associated with muscular dystrophy and Pompe disease. For his efforts, Dr. Byrne has received high public praise, even a nomination for a “Spirit of Gainesville” award:
“Dr. Byrne has been relentless in his pursuit of a treatment/cure for various forms of rare diseases, such as Pompe Disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Barth’s Syndrome. His focus on oft overlooked diseases has put the University of Florida on the map in new advances for these diseases.”
- “A biotechnology company has raised $30 million to advance gene therapy treatments developed at the University of Florida Powell Gene Therapy Center. The funding also will help UF Health researchers bring a novel form of gene therapy to patients with Pompe disease, a rare form of muscular dystrophy.” This appears to be a collaboration related to a PeTA campaign involving dogs being bred inside Texas A&M for these experiments.
- According to a separate federally-funded grant, “this work is a collaborative effort between a clinician and gene therapy researcher (B.J. Byrne) and a respiratory control scientist (D.D. Fuller).” Part of this money is dedicated to experimenting on mice that have been bred to exhibit painful conditions including “tongue motor problems” and diaphragm deformities causing impaired breathing. They estimate that they will be earning $500,000 annually to torture these mice further on a bi-weekly basis.
- Yet another grant will focus on dosing infant rhesus monkeys who are likely being bred inside the University of Florida to exhibit “impeded cardiac, respiratory and neuromuscular function “being done concurrently with “other IND-enabling primate studies.” In plain language, IND-enabling indicates big pharma being allowed to ship drugs across state lines to test on UF’s imprisoned monkeys.
At the moment, I can only confirm the particulars of this lucrative torture regimen and the participants. Information about the condition of the nonhuman primates and dogs will be published when I have UF’s lab records in my hands.
I agree with the Gainesville Sun’s characterization of Dr. Byrne’s atrocities against nonhumans as relentless. Perhaps that’s because up until today, the only rewards for his war crimes have been money and accolades. Now that his loved ones are about to share the spotlight with him, maybe he’ll reconsider his penchant for animal torture. Maybe his loved ones will be able to persuade him to reconsider. Maybe we’ll focus our attention on Laura next. For now, Eleventh Hour for Animals is returning to Gainesville on Saturday to re-establish a presence as well as recruit. And you never know where we’ll be or who we may intend to engage.