Animal experimentation, the worst form of science?

Lappin, Graham (2004) Animal experimentation, the worst form of science? Biologist, 51 (1). p. 3. ISSN 0006-3347

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In Great Britain, 2.73 million procedures were performed on animals for scientific research in 2002. Many of these tested new pharmaceuticals in an attempt to prove their safety before being administered to humans. The many organisations opposed to animal testing say that such research is at best useless and at worst misleading. Research is better conducted, goes the argument, by using alternative methods such as in vitro models or computer simulations. Such in vitro systems are certainly used in drug testing but the complexity of an in vitro system is several orders of magnitude away from a living animal and therefore their use is, in reality, very limited.

Keywords:Animalia, Simulation methods and models, Drugs, Research, Animal experimentation, Computer simulation
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
C Biological Sciences > C100 Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Pharmacy
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Deposited On:21 Mar 2013 13:58

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