Stoid’s thread on the banning of some stem-cell research, and an off-hand reference to Nazi test data, made me wonder what the reaction would be here to this… which was, as I recall, the subject of an “L.A. Law” episode about ten years ago.
In the episode, a researcher is awarded a grant from a Jewish family foundation to study ways of improving human survival in hypothermia cases. After she begins her work, the foundation discovers she’s relying in major part on the meticulous records kept by Nazi “experimenters” as they submerged Jews in freezing water and studied how long it took them to die, and what methods of warming worked best.
In the show, the foundation sued to get their money back.
Without going into the red herring aspect of a Jewish foundation being the grantor… in general, what thoughts does this community have on the underlying moral issue of using Nazi-derived data, or any data that results from the torture of humans?