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Internet Source: Digital Freedom Network, September 23, 2000
Source URL: http://www.dfn.org/news/news000917.htm#2302

Geneticist may have "killed" hundreds of Amazon Indians (United States, September 24) A book is being published that claims that American geneticist James Neel, who died earlier this year, is accused of deliberately infecting thousands of Yanomami Indians, who inhabit the Amazon rain forests of Brazil and Venezuela, with measles and killing hundreds of them. The book by journalist Patrick Tierney entitled Darkness in El Dorado says that in the mid-1960s the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission funded a project for Neel to "test the effects of natural selection on primitive societies." Tierney also says that Neel told his assistants not to help the dying but only to record and observe. 21,000 Yanomami live in the Amazon rainforests today. (The Guardian/BBC)