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animals in education

Public Strongly Favors Ending Animal Use for Medical Training, New Survey Finds

WASHINGTON—As time goes on, the number of people favoring an end to the use of animals in laboratories continues to grow. New survey results published in Alternatives to Laboratory Animals offer new insight into public perceptions in the United States of laboratory animal use, specifically for the purposes of medical training.

All Surveyed Pediatric Residency Programs in U.S. and Canada No Longer Use Animals for Training

With confirmation that Laval University of Québec City, Canada, has ended the use of live piglets in its training of pediatrics residents, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine announces that no surveyed pediatrics residency programs in the United States or Canada use live animals for procedural training.

Doctors Urge University of Tennessee College of Medicine to End Live Animal Use

On Apr. 19, physician Kerry Foley and Tennessee residents will be on site at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) in Chattanooga to call for an end to the use of live pigs for medical training—and a switch to human-relevant methods. The Physicians Committee, a nonprofit representing more than 12,000 concerned doctors, is organizing the event.

Doctors Group Offers Demonstration of Medical Training Technology to University of Missouri

In a letter to the University of Missouri (MU), the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit representing more than 12,000 concerned doctors—is offering to fund a demonstration of an alternative training method that could replace the use of live animals in the MU School of Medicine’s emergency medicine resident training.

Science in an Ethical Vacuum: Cloning Monkeys for Research

In February 2018, science fiction became science fact, as scientists in Shanghai reported the successful cloning of cynomolgus monkeys (long-tailed macaques) using a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This is the same process used in 1996 to clone Dolly the sheep, and it was subsequently used to produce live births in more than 20 other species.