06
May
09

Animal research

This isn’t really a post, more of a sounding board; I would like to know of the objections to animal research. Comments on this post will be completely unmoderated (except for spam) and I am, as always, very open to criticism on my views. The following is my case for using animals in research:

  1. Necessity of in vivo models: without an in vivo model to study the effects of medications, pathogens, tumors, and treatments, we could not identify problems outside of the target area (“side-effects”). While in vitro models are useful for studying cell- or tissue-specific responses, responses outside of this remain unknown. For this reason, the use of in vivo models are necessary.
  2. Human lives: while research involving humans is far more frequent than many may think, humans are not useful due to the ethical issue of purposefully infecting an otherwise healthy individual with a disease-causing agent to follow the progression of said disease and the response or lack of response to a treatment if given. Observing only ill humans does not give insight into the early beginnings of the disease (which can lead to early detection methods in humans) while observing only healthy humans in hopes one develops the disease only to observe the symptoms untreated is similarly unethical.
  3. The need for experimental control: model organisms (mice, rats, dogs, cats, yeast, flies, primates…) are used primarily for purposes of controlled exposure to interfering factors. While humans may be exposed to interfering factors; any interfering factors arising in model organisms will be far easier to identify. Model organisms provide far less variability than do humans.

Please, chime in, argue, that’s what this post is here for.

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6 Responses to “Animal research”


  1. May 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Okay, I’ll play Devil’s Advocate.

    I believe that 99.9% of humans alive today will believe magic. Is this some grand experiment?

    There seems to be an invisible line between ‘priceless'(human life) and ‘worthless'(human life. i.e. collateral damage).

    Some shit-heads are arguing FOR conversion or extermination of unbelievers yet arguing AGAINST in vitro studies.

    This entire thought process makes me want to yank my brain through my nose while declaring ‘no intelligent life detected’!

    Plus I need some new teeth! Fetal tissue transplant would be a ‘good thing’, no?

  2. 2 Colloquy
    May 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    eh – I don’t like it but what else are u gonna do?

  3. 3 jaredcormier
    May 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    pboyfloyd: were you just rambling about religion?

  4. 4 Colloquy
    May 7, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I don’t know either. LoL 🙂

  5. May 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    See our website. Go to myths and facts to see some of the claims against animal research – it doesn’t work, it can all be done with alternatives, it’s cruel etc. We refute all of these. If it wasn’t necessary or didn’t work scientists wouldn’t use animals, and they are all bound by ethical standards to minimise suffering.

  6. 6 jaredcormier
    May 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Ugh, I want good arguments against animal research; I know all of your myths/rebuttals. This is why, on post, I stated “I would like to know of the objections to animal research.” This was meant to imply what objections can be made; I can make many objections not listed on your website, I can similarly respond to them. I want the objections raised in an informal setting.


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