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Contemporary Animal Experimentation

Cancer

labIn 1971, the National Cancer Act initiated a “war on cancer” that many sponsors predicted would cure cancer by 1976. Instead, this multibillion dollar research program has proven to be a failure. Why hasn’t progress against cancer been commensurate with the effort (and money) invested? One explanation is the unwarranted preoccupation with animal research. Read more at the Medical Research Modernization Committee (MRMC) site >>

AIDS

HIVDespite extensive use since the early 1980s, animal models have not contributed significantly to AIDS research. While mice, rabbits, and monkeys born with severe combined immunodeficiency can be infected with HIV, none develops the human AIDS syndrome. Read more at MRMC >>

Psychology and Drug Abuse

SyringeThe use of animal models in experimental psychology—in which researchers traditionally subject animals to painful stimuli in order to study their behavior—has been strongly criticized because human psychological problems reflect familial, social, and cultural factors that cannot be modeled in nonhumans. Read more at MRMC >>

Genetic Diseases

DNATrying to model these diseases in animals, researchers widely use animals—mostly mice—with spontaneous or laboratory-induced genetic defects. However, genetic diseases reflect interactions between the defective gene and other genes and the environment. Consequently, nearly all such models have failed to reproduce the essential features of the analogous human conditions. Read more at MRMC >>

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Contemporary Animal Experimentation

Scientific Limitations of Animal Models

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