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Chapter 6 Page 2
The Cystic Fibrosis Discovery Suppressed by Yerkes Primate Center
It was in the human pathology that Wallach found an apparent match to the peculiar anatomical symptoms found in the rhesus monkey cadaver. From that human pathology, Wallach believed the monkey’s condition strongly indicative of cystic fibrosis. Among other symptoms characteristic of cystic fibrosis, Wallach found the monkey’s pancreas scarred and cyst filled, its liver and lungs scarred, its growth stunted, and its weight below normal.
If indeed the monkey had cystic fibrosis, Wallach’s discovery would be earth shaking in a number of ways. The conventional medical wisdom was that cystic fibrosis was a genetic disorder of humans. If tied to human genes, how could it possibly occur in non-humans?
Wallach performed a forensic investigation that evaluated the monkey’s diet and environment with a secondary assessment of blood and tissue biopsies of pancreas, liver, and lungs from all twenty-five other monkeys in the NASA experiment at Yerkes. In combing over that data, Wallach discovered that the feed given the monkeys had been modified in one critical respect. The feed had been doused in corn oil, a known pro-oxidant.
Dr. Nelly Bourne had discovered that the adult female monkeys (the mothers of the baby monkeys) suffered hair loss. She concluded that the hair loss was due to an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency when in fact it was more likely the result of the pairing of adult males and females in small cages where the more aggressive males yanked the hair out of the captive females. Peculiarly, only the female monkeys experienced the hair loss. Dr. Bourne had the monkey feed placed in vats of corn oil to compensate for what she perceived to be an essential fatty acid deficiency. That action appears to have increased oxidative stress in the monkeys, causing them to require more selenium than was ordinarily present in the feed to compensate.
The rhesus monkey Dr. Wallach examined and the blood he tested from all of the 25 other monkeys at Yerkes (which were of different genetic lines) revealed selenium deficiency, with all of the twenty-five exhibiting cystic fibrosis lesions (biopsy) and symptomology. That data revealed that selenium deficiency was the common thread and that even monkeys in different family groups were suffering the same symptoms, thus negating the notion that the disease was genetic in monkeys.