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28/10/06

Permalink 03:44:30 pm, by iain Email , 55 words, 1405 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

96% of GPs support animal research...

In a poll conducted by GP Net, the vast majority of GPs - 96 per cent - agree that animal research has made an important contribution to many medical advances. In the poll, almost nine in 10 GPs (88 per cent) also agree that safety tests should be carried out on animals before human trials of new medicines are conducted.

22/10/06

Permalink 05:59:57 am, by iain Email , 269 words, 1462 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

Looking round the labs

Laurie and I (thanks to our grammar consultant on this point - they know who they are) took a look round some animal research labs. It was really interesting to see exactly what goes on inside research facilities. We took a look at mice and rats who were being used to develop drugs to treat arthritis; they seemed unaware of the role they were playing in helping people, instead prefering to do the usual rodent stuff, running on exercise wheels and burrowing in sawdust. Suprisingly spacious cages as well, we pointed this out to be told that aside from very specific cage dimensions being a regulatory requirement, if the animals are cramped or unhappy it messes up the test results. We should really have worked this one out ourselves. Also cages considerably cleaner than most people's pet hamster's ever was, again because it's a regulatory requirement and it leads to bad results otherwise.

Most of the technicians we met had always wanted to work with animals, and started off helping out in vetinary clinics and the like. They also wanted to trap us in corners and tell us about their pets again, and again....and again. I suppose if you like animals then looking after them for a job is ideal. We were really struck by the huge difference between the way animal research is actually conducted (remember that this was in the US, where the regulatory framework is not as tight as in the UK), and the way it is portrayed by anti-research groups, with their placards showing photos from work done in the former USSR in the 1960s.

21/10/06

Permalink 03:08:17 am, by iain Email , 95 words, 3024 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

Pro-Test in the US

Laurie and me are currently over in America, talking about what Pro-Test has been up to. We've been at the AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) national meeting in Salt Lake City. It's been really interesting finding out what the current situation of animal research is in the US, we've been taking part in some round table sessions talking about the advocacy techniques that have worked for us over in the UK. Met with some advocacy groups in the US, including the wonderful Americans for Medical Progress and have been swapping ideas with them.

18/10/06

Permalink 04:23:49 pm, by admin Email , 27 words, 2244 views   English (UK)
Categories: News

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