Jim Meehan

实验动物充满压力的生活

动物研究是为了获得更多有关疾病和如何治愈这些疾病的知识,以及在将药物用于人体试验前评估它们的毒性。事实上,动物研究在几乎每一项重大的医学进步中都扮演了一个重要的角色。

尽管研究者们一直在努力寻找减少和替代动物试验的新的方式,目前的技术依然无法替代许多种动物研究。Nuffield生物伦理理事会估计全世界每年有5千万到1亿只动物,从飞虫到猴子,因为研究而接受安乐死,其中大约90%用于研究的脊椎动物是啮齿类动物。

从动物研究中获得有用的知识需要有力的实验事实:不同的科学家应该能够在不同的地点复制这些实验事实。这要求对每个动物种类及其生物学有充分的了解。

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