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Are there any non-animal testing alternatives?
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Animal research studies in plain words
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EU Animal Research: Shall it stay or shall it go?
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Why are animals used for testing?
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Misconceptions
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Out of the lab and into the debate

Editorial Team November 8th, 2012 3 Comments

Scientists are mobilising in an effort to have their voices heard in discussion of animal research  

As part of our ‘Shall it stay or shall it go? campaign we’ve been asking you about the future of animal research in Europe.

Well it seems that some of the scientists who work in this area have given their verdict: they want it to stay and are more than a little worried about what they see as myths around animal studies.

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Could animal-free research deliver new medicines more efficiently?

Editorial Team January 24th, 2012 No Comments

Non-animal research methods could make drug development faster and cheaper, according to an award-winning researcher.

Professor Claus-Michael Lehr, a drug development scientist at the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), believes new methods using cell culture instead of rats and mice will help deliver medicines more efficiently.

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Blog 1: To demand certainty from science is to misunderstand it

Richard Fosse December 14th, 2011 2 Comments

Insisting that animals be used only when the results of experiments have guaranteed benefits for human health is to misunderstand science, even to  undermine the  drive for scientific knowledge.

Science is rarely as certain or a simple as some expect. It is never possible to know for sure how new knowledge will be used.

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Neil Parish MP: balancing science and ethics in a political environment

Helen Dunnett September 13th, 2011 No Comments

For our debut video interview, Animal Testing Perspectives (ATP) was very lucky to talk to Neil Parish MP and  former rapporteur of the legislation protecting animals used for research in Europe.

It was clear when talking with Neil about his experience during the first reading that it was a challenging time for him. Each person faces their own personal dilemma about animal research and for Neil it was between his natural love of animals, as a farmer and dog owner, with the desire for legislation that allows medical advancement for humans.

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Finding cures for modern diseases

Editorial Team July 13th, 2011 No Comments

Is there a cut-off point when we stop researching a particular disease? Simon Festing former Director General from Understanding Animal Research, explains the ongoing evolution of medical research and the societal drive for cures to modern diseases.

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Opening the door on the science lab: improving public perception of animal research

Helen Dunnett June 20th, 2011 No Comments

For several years Simon Festing of Understanding Animal Research (UAR) has had the difficult job of talking about the benefits of using animals in research. During this time he has witnessed some of the most concentrated and violent animal rights protests towards individuals and research centres in the UK.

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Should we stop medical research on cats and dogs?

Cees Smit June 8th, 2011 2 Comments Guest Blogger

57,000 people across The Netherlands have signed a partition to ban research and testing on cats and dogs. It would be interesting to know how many of these citizens were also loving pet owners? It’s an important question because over the past decade, the market for medical healthcare for pets has grown dramatically in comparison to healthcare for humans.

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Zebrafish at the cutting edge of heart research

Helen Dunnett May 3rd, 2011 No Comments

There has been some buzz online recently at the new funding raising strategy of the British Heart Foundation. As it attempts to raise an ambitious 50m pounds to fund groundbreaking heart research, it is openly showing the need for animal research and testing in its promotional campaign.

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How did we arrive at the 3 Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement?

Helen Dunnett April 20th, 2011 No Comments

Animal testing and research dates back to the writings of the Greeks in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, with Aristotle and Erasistratus among the first to perform experiments on living animals. Avenzoar, an Arabic physician in 12th-century Moorish Spain who practiced dissection, introduced animal testing as an experimental method of testing surgical procedures before applying them to human patients.

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