Ninety two per cent of medicines that enter human trials do not work or cause side effects. Animal tests suggested they would succeed. Aspirin kills cats, thalidomide was approved, and yet many scientists continue to promote the torture and poisoning of millions of rodents every year as the way forward.
Sadly, this is not fiction.
The original of this post had a political section here. This is the result of a lot of research I have been doing this week for my day job.
As usual it's for Friday Flash Fiction 55. A weekly challenge hosted over on Mister Knowitall's Blog. Check it out. Of course, he might not have had chance to put it back after the Blogger chaos!