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Top 10 Worst Human Experiments

Updated on February 21, 2016

Human Experimentation

Worst Human Experiments
Worst Human Experiments

Throughout history, mankind's urge to understand everything have made us conduct insane and horrifying experiments on another fellow human being.

Dissecting victims without anesthetic, exposing radiation to pregnant women and even artificially inseminating women with chimpanzee semen.

So, here are the 10 Most Horrific Human Experiments ever conducted throughout history.

List of Worst Human Experiment Ever Conducted.

10. Milgram Experiments
9. The Aversion Project
8. Human-ape hybridization experiments
7. Stanford Prisoner Experiment
6. THN1412 Drug Trial
5. Experiments on Newborns
4. Radioactive Materials in Pregnant Women
3. Project MKUltra
2. Unit 731
1. Nazi Human Experimentation
Bonus (Vaccine For Smallpox)

10. The Milgram Experiments

The Milgram Experiments
The Milgram Experiments
The Milgram Experiments (Shocking the actor)
The Milgram Experiments (Shocking the actor)

If an authorize person were to command you to hurt another person, will you do it?

In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram conducted a simple experiment where the volunteers were asked to shock a person in another room. The volunteers were ordered to continue even if the victim were to scream in agonizing pain, black out or even die.

Disturbingly, all the volunteers actually continued the experiment when commanded. Thankfully, the victim in the other room was an actor and no one was harm… well, physically that is…

The volunteers suffered from trauma after the experiment as they realised what cruelty they are capable of.

This experiment serves as a reminder that we humans can be extremely cruel when the right 'trigger' is activated.

9. The Aversion Project

The Aversion Project
The Aversion Project

In 1969, Dr. Aubrey Levin claimed that he have found a way to cure homosexuality.

Thousands of homosexuals were handed to him. The doctor then strapped electrodes on to the victims. After that, he showed pictures of naked men and women to the gays and lesbians, respectively. If the victims had an arousal, he or she would be shocked. This process would be repeated again and again until the victims were somehow "cured".

The experiment didn’t last long as the doctor fled the country when he was informed that he might be arrested for violating human rights.

Human-ape hybridization experiments
Human-ape hybridization experiments

8. Human-ape hybridization experiments

A Soviet biologist who specialised in the field of artificial insemination was convinced that he could create the ultimate soldier... a human-ape hybrid.

The soldiers breed will be strong and agile like a chimpanzee and smart like a human.

The biologist tried fertilising a chimpanzee with human semen, but the female chimp failed to get pregnant. So instead, he tried fertilising humans with chimpanzee semen.Yeah...

Again, the experiment failed but that didn’t stop the biologist. He continued conducting this experiment on volunteers and even on victims, again and again until he was arrested on December 1930. Thankfully, not a single human-ape hybrid was ever created.

The Stanford Prisoner Experiment
The Stanford Prisoner Experiment

Written by the professor himself, Phillip Zimbardo

7. The Stanford Prisoner Experiment

Year 1970, psychiatrist Professor Phillip Zimbardo took 24 undergraduates and assigned them roles as either prisoners or guards. The goal of this experiment was to study how we would treat another fellow human being when they were labelled ‘inferior’ to us.

It was a simple experiment, the problem was that no one predicted that the experiment would so… successful.

After just a mere few days, the guards started physically, mentally and even sexually abusing the prisoners. The abuse was so bad that 2 prisoners had to be send home early due to emotional trauma. The experiment was so horribly… successful that even the psychiatrist himself started believing that he was in an actual prison.

The Stanford Prisoner Experiment was stopped at the 6th day as the abuse was getting seriously severe.

After that, the psychiatrist published a book called the Lucifer Effect. Again, as a reminder that we humans can be extremely cruel when the right ‘trigger’ is activated.

6. THN1412 Drug Trial

THN1412 Drug Trial
THN1412 Drug Trial

In the year 2007, a group of scientist believed that they found a cure for leukaemia. The THN1412 was first tested on various animals, and it was deemed save, as none of the animals had any lethal side effects.

However, the same couldn't be said to a human. The drug trial on humans started and the results were… grim as it puts all 6 healthy men in hospital intense care.

The drug was believed to have caused over-stimulation of the immune system, sending white blood cells rampaging throughout the body, destroying body tissues and causing organs to fail.

5. Experiment on Newborns

Newborns Experimentation
Newborns Experimentation

Imagine an infant that is one hour to three days old, so vulnerable and adorable, who in the right mind would use them for experiments? Well, you’ll be surprise.

In 1960, researchers in University of California submerged 113 newborns' feet in ice cold water to study the changed in blood pressure and blood flow. Some newborns were even hanged upside down so that the blood would rush into their heads.

What were they thinking?... I have no idea.

4. Radioactive Materials in Pregnant Women

Radioactive Materials in Pregnant Women
Radioactive Materials in Pregnant Women

After World War 2, there is a race to develop the most powerful chemical and radioactive weapon in the world.

So a few researchers gave 829 pregnant women "vitamin drinks" which the researchers claimed would improve the health of their unborn babies, but in fact, the "vitamin drinks" were actually radioactive iron.

Why? Well, the researchers wanted to study how quickly the radioisotope would cross into the placenta. But this resulted in 7 babies dying from cancer and the mothers having rashes, bruises, anaemia, lost of hair and tooth, and even developed cancer themselves.

3. Project MKUltra

Project MKUltra
Project MKUltra

From 1953 to 1973, the researchers of the MKUltra project tried to find a way to control a person’s mind.

Citizens of America and Canada were hypnotised, sensory deprived, isolated, verbal and sexual abused and fed with LSD and other mind altering drugs.

However, some believed that the whole mind controlling project was just a decoy. The real intention of project MKUltra was to find the most effective way to torture and interrogate people.

The researchers claimed that they weren’t doing anything sinister but that didn’t explain why they destroyed most of their records after they were shunted down.

Suspicious? Maybe a little.

2. Unit 731

Unit 731
Unit 731

Unit 731 was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Human experiments like dissection on victims without anaesthetic, injection of deadly disease to develop new germ warfare, frostbite testing, weapon testing and many more inhuman experiments were conducted here.

Not only that, victims were constantly starved, raped and beaten. Many died from extreme abuse.

1. Nazi Human Experimentation

Nazi Human Experimentation (The Survivors)
Nazi Human Experimentation (The Survivors)
Nazi Human Experimentation (Mustard Gas Experimentation)
Nazi Human Experimentation (Mustard Gas Experimentation)

Conducted during World War 2 in concentration camps, the experiments ranged from genetically modifying twins, muscle and nerve transplantation, head injury experiments, freezing experiments, Malaria experiments, immunization experiments by first exposing victims to deadly diseases, mustard gas experiments and the list goes on.

After World War 2, the experiments were stopped but the damage was done. Countless numbers of victims (mostly Jews), were either dead, disfigured, or permanent disable.

(Bonus) Vaccine for Smallpox

Edward Jenner
Edward Jenner
Child with smallpox
Child with smallpox
Experimentation on neigbour's kid
Experimentation on neigbour's kid

Remember smallpox? A lethal disease that exist millions of years ago and had been efficiently killing us since the dawn of mankind?

Well it was totally eradicated and the person who played a major in this eradication was Edward Jenner.

He first noticed that milk maiden who had cowpox became immune to smallpox. So, he infected his neighbours' kids with cowpox then with smallpox. Thankfully, the kids became immune to smallpox.

To confirm his experiments, he went out and infect even more of his neighbours’ kids with cowpox then smallpox and even included his own child in the experimentation. All the kids became immune to smallpox and he was confident that the vaccine for small pox was found.

Today, small pox ceased to exist and Jenner is considered a hero. But if the experiment were to fail, he would be considered a murderer instead and would probably be charged with pedocide.

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Writer's Last Thoughts

Human experiment, without proper control it can be turned into a horrendous torture session. But without it, it is difficult or even impossible for us to understand more about our own body.

Whether you find it justified or morally wrong, one thing is for sure. Human experiments can never be fully banned no matter what.

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