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?