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12 January 2009

Animal experiments questioned

Some British scientists charge that many medical experiments done on animals offer little benefit in terms of finding ways to treat human diseases.

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Some British scientists charge that many medical experiments done on animals offer little benefit in terms of finding ways to treat human diseases.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientists contend that much of the animal research is poorly conducted and not thoroughly evaluated, BBC News Online reports.

Systematic review necessary
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the scientists urge a systematic review of all existing animal research before any new animal experiments are conducted.

At the same time, the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, published a guide that says scientific research on animals has provided tremendous benefits for humans.

According to the Royal Society, almost every medical accomplishment in the last century has relied, in some form, on the use of animals. – (HealthDayNews)

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