"One of our recently announced Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology grantees, Dr. Jon LaMarre at the University of Guelph, was interviewed recently for a local news program in Ontario addressing the research he is leading through our MPG initiative for a single low-dose, low-cost non-surgical spay/neuter sterilant."
I watched the video. I hope Dr. Jon LaMarre was just over simplifying his research. He said he hopes to develop a drug which can be injected which will kill the eggs and sperm. Cats are like humans in that female cats are born with all the eggs they will ever have. Male cats are also like humans. They produce sperm throughout their life time. They are not born with all the sperm fully developed. Imagine if they were! If you were to kill cats' sperm, they would just make more sperm. I'm hoping he means that he wants to inject a drug which will kill, disable eggs and sperm production.
From Dr. Jon's press release, "Dr. Jonathan LaMarre, Biomedical Sciences, is looking at looking at ways to target and disrupt small RNA pathways that control the development of sperm cells and egg cells in dogs and cats."
Because cats are born with all their eggs, he'd have to inject them before they are born. How does that work?
One thing Dr. Gary Michelson might not realize. Universities are supported by grants and donations. There are whole departments in universities where their only job is to get grants. If you look at Dr. Jon LaMarre, that is his positive at this university, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). His job is to get grants. He is not a contraception specialist. He generally does projects related to gene suppression and cancer. His job is to find grants. He will apply for any grant related to animals in any way. That doesn't make him an expert in contraception or sterility. His job is done. He got money. He's not up for the $25M prize. He got his $200K. After a year or so he'll give Dr. Gary Michelson a little report which will say "more research is needed." He will not get a one shot sterilant. He'll just get a "thank you!" for the $200K.
When I was at USC I was in the research department. I know first hand that the main goal of a university is MONEY. The professors are pushed very hard to get grants and do research projects. They don't care if they do world changing research or not. Look at POM juice. They gave UCLA millions to do small studies to "prove" their pomegranate juice cures aging, cancer, erectile dysfunction. POM then used these "independent studies" in their marketing and advertising. They were then busted by the FTC for misleading advertising...twice. The results of all studies were "a larger study is needed." UCLA got money. POM got advertising. Animals were killed. Turns out POM juice is very bad for you. It may have caused some human research subjects to die. It made their prostate cancer grow faster. I wrote an article about this in 2008.
Below is from Found Animals Foundation website. He admits he is doing research on genes that regulate meiosis. That makes no sense. He'd have to inject the developing eggs in the cats and dogs. The animals would still be born but might be sterile. From wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiosis No matter what, really Dr. LaMarre got $260K for the University. They can do whatever they want with the money and just send Gary a little report. The Prize and grants have been around since 2005 yet no one has won the prize or developed a sterilant.
Jonathan LaMarre, DVM, PhD
We already have drugs that can be used off-label as one-shot sterilants. Gary Michelson doesn't want those because he can't take credit for "developing the first one-shot sterilant in the WORLD!" He also can't sell those to pharmaceutical companies or governments for a huge mark up.
I really doubt that Gary Michelson really cares if he gets a one-shot sterilant or not. He said he now just gives money to whichever project "makes me feel better." Perhaps all he wants is a pat on the back and some ass kissing.
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