Colin Blakemore has withdrawn his threat to resign from the Medical Research Council over his exclusion from the New Year Honours list. Papers leaked to The Sunday Times revealed that he had been passed over for recognition because of his vocal support for animal testing.The Magdalen College professor told the BBC that he felt the omission sent out “a terrible message” in implying that animal testing was wrong and that scientists conducting such experiments could “damage their reputation in the eyes of the government.”Blakemore’s absence from the Honours list pleased animal activists, who for many years have campaigned against his work. “We are delighted if Colin Blakemore being denied this honour is the start of the government listening to public views,” the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection said.
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