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Where you can find detailed scientific information about the use of animals in research. By providing you with the facts we hope to build an understanding about how and why animals are used in science and medicine.
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The developments in medicine since the end of the 19th century have been remarkable. It is now almost impossible to imagine a time before it was known how the human body fought the diseases carried by micro-organisms. Since then medical research has transformed healthcare, extending and improving the quality of life for millions. Many of these remarkable discoveries would not have been possible without vital experiments on animals.
HIV and AIDS
The FDA recently approved a HIV vaccine for safety trials in humans, and experiments with monkeys and mice have given hope that an effective vaccination may be possible. Research using a relative of the virus which affects monkeys, SIV, has helped scientists to understand why HIV is so deadly, and how this disease can be effectively treated.
Non-Human Primate Research
In December 2011, the Institute of Medicine (USA) released a report which said that although a ban on research using chimpanzees would be inappropriate, at present there were no scientific investigations which necessitated the use of chimpanzees. The USA is one of - few countries where chimpanzee research is still legal. An essay by R E Passingham gives background on types of research which involve non-human primate models, their limitations and their benefits…
Research using dogs
Dogs are used as animal models in a few very specific areas of medical research. Historically, they have been crucial in the development of surgical techniques such as blood and organ transplant. Today, they are principally used in research into heart conditions and safety testing. Find out more…