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German automakers conducted human, monkey tests

German automakers conducted human, monkey tests

German automakers conducted human, monkey tests

Reports of experiments on human follow a New York Times report of tests on 10 monkeys in a US laboratory in 2014, in which monkeys inhaled diesel fumes from a VW Beetle.

"The minister has no understanding for such tests, which damage animals and humans and that do not serve science but merely PR aims", Mr Strater said.

"These monkeys were forced to inhale unsafe diesel exhaust for four hours for no reason, and Care2 members firmly believe Volkswagen needs to take responsibility for this sickening experiment", said Rebecca Gerber, Senior Director of Engagement at Care2.

The embarrassment deepened for the group on Monday as German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported tests on the effects of inhaling toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) were also carried out on about 25 people.

The tests, conducted in 2014, were meant to counter the 2012 World Health Organisation study that classified diesel exhaust as "carcinogenic", according to the Times. "We know that the scientific methods used by EUGT were wrong and apologise sincerely for this".

The prime minister of the federal state of Lower Saxony (northern Germany), Stephan Weil, described today as "absurd and disgusting" these experiments are.

"We're convinced the scientific methods chosen then were wrong", the auto maker said. He added that the three automakers were aware of the human experiments but had no say over them. "We are appalled by the extent of the studies and their implementation", it said in a statement.

The companies are distancing themselves from the study, which the Times first reported last Friday, blaming it instead on the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector, EUGT.

Reports of the tests followed a New York Times account of similar experiments on monkeys in the U.S., triggering political recriminations and prompting automakers to distance themselves from the work.

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VW's "dieselgate" scandal saw the group admit in 2015 to manipulating some 11 million cars worldwide to fool regulatory tests, making it appear as though they met NOx emissions limits when in fact they exceeded them by many times in real on-road driving.

The German government has strongly condemned the reports, with Steffen Seibert, spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying the alleged tests can "in no way be ethically justified".

"VW owes its customers and the public a fast turnaround and must end diesel sales to switch to cleaner, reliable electric".

According to the reports, the ethics committee at Aachen University Hospital permitted the tests under occupational doctor Prof Thomas Kraus.

The Lovelace Institute, with consent and awareness from the group, rigged a wildly inappropriate experiment which featured ten macaque monkeys, a VW Beetle and a gas chamber.

Despite the wave of apologizes, the monkey business isn't going away anytime soon as Reuters reports Volkswagen's supervisory board has called for an investigation into who commissioned the tests.

The test result stands in contrast to long-term medical studies drawing a link between nitrogen-dioxide and breathing problems, particularly among the young, the elderly and asthmatics.

It's believed that initials plans for the study involved "human participants on exercise bikes", the magazine says, instead of "primates watching TVs".

The German establishment as a whole widely condemns the tests. However, a report of the study's findings was not submitted.

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