This is a sexnotgender.com disclaimer post.
There will be zero discussion of animal research on this blog.
Rat brains (and behavior) may be interesting, they may provide excellent cocktail party discussion, but they cannot tell us anything conclusive about humans. It’s pure speculation, and quite often, it fails to tell us anything at all.
Because animal brains (and bodies) are not human brains (and bodies). End logic.
If brain structure differs this plainly between species, then surely brain function does as well.
Seriously. How many cats have you encountered with gender dysphoria or BIID? That’s what I thought. Animal research– neuro and otherwise– creates dangers untold when applied to complex human problems. More discussion on this controversial scientific method here.
And just to be data-driven about it, here is a list of animal drug test results that ended up hurting humans:
“Time and time again, primate research has failed to predict dangerous side effects of medications. It has also led researchers down blind alleys and delayed real cures reaching people.
- Hormone replacement therapy – given to millions of women following research in monkeys – has recently been found to increase their risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. (3)
- The so-called ‘elephant man’ drug, TGN1412, caused six healthy volunteers to suffer multiple organ failure. Earlier tests involving at least 25 monkeys showed TGN1412 to be quite safe.
- Isoprenaline doses (for asthma) were worked out on animals, but proved too high for humans. Thousands of people died as a result. Even when the researchers knew what to look for they were unable to reproduce this effect in monkeys. (4)
- Carbenoxalone (a gastric ulcer treatment) caused people to retain water to the point of heart failure. Scientists retrospectively tested it on monkeys, but could not reproduce this effect. (5)
- Flosint (an arthritis drug) was tested on monkeys – they tolerated the medication well. In humans, however, it caused deaths. (6)
- Amrinone (for heart failure) was tested on numerous non-human primates and released with confidence. People haemorrhaged, as the drug prevented normal blood clotting. This side effect occurred in a startling 20 per cent of patients taking the medication on a long-term basis. (7)
- Arthritis drug Opren is known to have killed 61 people. Over 3,500 cases of severe reactions have been documented. Opren was tested on monkeys without problems. (8)
- Aspirin causes birth defects in monkeys but not in humans. (9)
- 20 years and vast amounts of resources have been wasted on misleading AIDS research in animals. An important vaccine, Aidsvax – deemed a success in chimpanzees – was pronounced a failure in 2003 having failed to protect the 8,000 high-risk volunteers in the trial.”
As I delve deeper into the scientific explanations for “transsexualism,” this website will be focused exclusively on HUMAN BRAIN function and development. Please keep your animal theories at home.