Ethical and Scientific Problems Plague Animal Testing
Scientists continue to note problems with translating data from animal experiments to human conditions, according to a scientific article co-authored by PCRM scientific adviser Nancy Beck, Ph.D.
The article, published in PLoS ONE, looks at efforts to objectively evaluate discrepancies between animal “models” and human disease. Beck and co-author Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., find that the availability of more sophisticated technologies that do not use animals, buttressed by growing concerns about animals’ capacity for pain and suffering, are prompting scientists to choose alternatives to animal experiments.
The article is part of a collection entitled Animals, Research, and Alternatives: Measuring Progress 50 Years Later. The collection is an outcome of PCRM’s conference of the same name, which focused on the scientific and ethical imperatives associated with animal experiments and alternatives that better promote scientific advancement.
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