Protesters Fail to Slow Animal Research

But scientists, fearing for safety, keep mum; new protests set next week

The e-mail reply was polite but firm. "No. I will not be available for an interview," wrote a researcher from the University of California at Los Angeles, when asked about the effects of recent animal-rights protests there.

That scientist was downright chatty compared with most of the other investigators around the country contacted by The Chronicle. Most simply refused to answer phone calls or e-mail