Jim Meehan

Стрессовая жизнь лабораторных животных

Исследования на животных проводятся для того, чтобы получить больше знаний о болезнях и о том, как их лечить, а также для проверки лекарств на токсичность прежде чем проводить испытания на людях. Исследования на животных сыграли важнейшую роль в практически всех крупных достижениях в области медицины.

Хотя ученые и стараются найти новые способы сокращения исследований на животных, современная технология еще не может заменить многие виды таких исследований. По оценкам Наффилдского совета по биоэтике, от 50 до 100 миллионов животных от мух до обезьян умерщвляются ежегодно во всем мире в ходе научных исследований, тогда как грызуны составляют 90% всех позвоночных животных, используемых в медицинских исследованиях.

Получение полезных знаний путем проведения исследований на животных требует заслуживающих доверия экспериментальных данных, что означает, что разные ученые должны быть в состоянии воспроизвести их в любой точке земного шара. Это требует тщательного понимания каждого вида животных и его биологии.

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