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Using Animals for Science

After reading an article titled: A Mouse Made Just for You will Model  Your Medical Problems, I was definitely amazed at the discovery. According to the article, few studies have been able to find out solutions to health problems by putting a mouse under the same circumstances as the patient at hand. In the article they state that by using another means of ‘experimenting’ to get a solution besides the patient himself, they feel that they can take more risks and get better results. By transferring part of the patients tissue to a mouse allows the scientist to observe the effects of drugs and test certain treatments, sparing the patients from pain and suffering that they do not want to undergo. People with similar conditions to the man who passed away just before they had found out that the tested drug had worked can be saved.

Without using mice or other animals that are used in scientific research, I am sure many of the discoveries made would not have been made till later or maybe not at all.But is there a line between letting numerous animals serve as the experiment and potentially letting numerous patients suffer because of scientists lacking resources to find the solution or gain more knowledge on a particular medical topic? How do you guys feel about animals being used to seek medical answers?

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  1. March 26, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I think that medical testing on animals is perfectly acceptable in terms of advancing scientific development, or when there is a significant benefit to human life from the testing of said animals. In cases like putting the disease into the mouse, I think that basically turning it into a petri dish to determine how to best treat an afflicted patient is acceptable as it sharply increases the chances of preserving human life or determining how to best stop the spread of that disease in other patients. In cases where animals are used for testing in cosmetic products, I feel that this is a slightly ridiculous use of perfectly good test subjects for something that is basically superficial. Putting lipstick on a bulldog doesn’t really help anyone, except to rile up certain political candidates. It is difficult to gauge how much suffering an animal can be put through versus how beneficial it is to humanity, but generally I think researchers and doctors do a fairly decent job of it.

  2. lexicory
    March 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Testing on animals is most definitely completely acceptable. Animal testing has been commencing for hundreds of years, and has saved many human lives and advanced science in numerous ways. With all of the animals rights activists about these days and the numerous campaigns and restrictions on animal testing and their rights, oftentimes animals are treated very humanely during testing, and the solutions and science that has been uncovered from them is invaluable. Animal testing will and should continue. Testing on a mouse or bird has the potential to save and/or improve many human lives. This is always worth it.

  3. March 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I guess experimenting with animals are acceptable and does not really deal with ethical issues. However, I do want to clarify what kind of inhumane things we humans can perform to animals. This experiment only sounds appropriate just because medicine will save thousands of people.

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