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FBI investigating threats to researchers

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The FBI and police in Los Angeles are investigating a package of razor blades and a threatening note sent to a neuroscientist at UCLA, the university reported.

Animal rights militants claim on several Web sites they sent one threatening package to Professor David Jentsch, and another to a graduate student who works in his laboratory, UCLA said. Authorities said they had not been able to determine the second package was received.

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Jentsch, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, utilizes vervet monkeys in his behavioral research.

UCLA said he and other researchers at the university have been subjected to a campaign of harassment for several years.

A group called the Justice Department has claimed responsibility for the latest incident and said in a statement the razor blades in the package sent to Jentsch were tainted with the blood of a person infected with AIDS, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The statement was posted on a Web site maintained by the Animal Liberation Front, which has distanced itself from the other group.

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