Demonstration to the president of Serbia, Alexander Vucic, and at the same time to millions of Russians, the experiment on "breathing water" was supposed to prove the triumph of Russian science - but instead seriously ricocheted the reputation of the powers that be.
"Today's demonstration of one of the technologies created by our Foundation for Advanced Studies caused a real stir," - so began the story of a scientific breakthrough, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. But the audience did not appreciate the effort to clearly forcibly push the dog into a flask with a solution saturated with oxygen, on the air. And if the calm attitude of scientists towards such things is, in principle, understandable (if you are engaged in experimental science, it is impossible to sympathize with each experimental mouse), then the reaction of the officials of the first echelon to the ordinary Russian seemed shockingly cynical.
Sotsseti literally exploded with indignation at the mockery of the animal at the request of officials. "Is the dog alive?" Alive. Why questions? ", Press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not understand the excitement, which was appealed to as the highest authority. Dmitry Rogozin from the attack first fought in Facebook: he appealed to the authority of Sergei Korolev, Squirrels and Arrows and pointed to the importance of research. Users responded to Dr. Mengele, toughening of responsibility under Art. 245 of the Criminal Code and suggested next time to test new technologies on themselves or on other high-ranking officials. Science for the sake of!
Later, the scandal that began to grow was started through the media. In the initial reports, it was pointed out that the dachshund was an "experienced worker" of the laboratory, experiments on it have been conducted for several years, while the animal does not have a nickname, only an inventory number, perhaps in order not to cause empathy among the experimenters. However, a day later, in cheerful messages designed to patch up the reputation, the dog was already called Nicholas, they specified the age - 8 months - and told what this dog is, it turns out, a lucky man.
"Nikolas was lucky, Dmitry Rogozin will take him to his family," says Anton Tonshin, head of the Laboratory of Advanced Research for the Development of Liquid Breath.
"Brave Nicholas moves to Rogozin," one of the federal channels titled his reportage. The vice-premier already has one dog, the German shepherd Donut, now she will have to make friends with Nicholas, taken into the house "on the occasion," and somehow a scandal must be hushed up.
Not minimizing the importance of research on "liquid breathing" (this is important in the treatment of patients with burns of the respiratory tract, nursing preterm infants, rescuing sailors from sunken submarines, working with space overloads), I still want to draw a line between laboratory experiments and demonstrative animosity. Yes, science is impossible without sacrifice - animals including. No, this can not and should not become part of the "entertainment". The dog is alive, but this is not a show.
And about science
In an experiment that was demonstrated to Rogozin and Vucic, light dogs are filled with a liquid that is supersaturated with oxygen. The solution displaces air from the lungs, but the animal continues to breathe. Later it is taken out from the flask behind its hind legs.
The experience repeats the shots shown in the film "The Abyss" (directed by James Cameron, 1989) - there the same experimental scientists did over the rat. The episode aroused the indignation of animal protection organizations, in a number of countries the "Abyss" was released in the rental, carving this scene. Experiments on "liquid breathing" have been conducted in a number of countries for 30 years already. Experiments are made both on animals (rats, dogs), and on people.