Max Planck scientists criticize handling of animal-rights charges against leading neuroscientist

04.06.2018 13:11

They say the Max Planck Society’s reaction to the indictment of Nikos Logothetis has disrupted research

from Alison Abbot / Wednesday, 30 May 2018 / Nature News, doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05187-w

An article by Alison Abbot about two letters sent to the board of the Max Planck Society (MPS) by scientists of the MPS, in which the scientists complain that the handling of the dispute about the experiments on monkeys at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics by the MPS has caused damage to the scientists. The MPS had also withdrawn supervision of animal experiments from the head of the department following a penalty order. The persons concerned had filed a complaint against the penalty order. The signatories of the letters accuse the MPS of having violated the presumption of innocence. We should have waited for clarification in court. "From the outside, it looks like the Max Planck Society is abdicating its duty to stand up for its scientists", the neuroscientist Bill Newsome (Stanford) is quoted.