Thursday, January 15, 2009

The ethics of animal experimentation

Today, I read with interest this paper on animal experimentation that was published today: Niall Shanks, Ray Greek and Jean Greek, Are animal models predictive for humans?
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009, 4:2 (doi:10.1186/1747-5341-4-2). The authors look at the contentious claim that animal models are not good predictors of human response to drugs and other chemicals, and conclude that the literature supports this claim. The paper raises interesting ethical and policy implications.

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