Deakin Communicating Science 2016

EES 200/101

Animal Testing; Bad Science

Animal testing is known as bad science by many experts like vets, government officials, scientists and doctors. Most with a professional opinion are against animal testing and research. Many scientists have moved on from using animals for research and have developed new methods to research and study diseases relevant to human biology. “Patients have been to patient with basic research. Most of our best people work on lab animals, not people. But this has not resulted in cures or even significantly helped most patients.” (Dr. Ralph Steinman, Rockefeller University) the new modern method testing uses ‘advance computer-modelling techniques, studies with human volunteers and human cells and tissues.’ (peta2, free for all) Dr. Ralph Steinman was a Nobel Prize winner, which he won in addition to “receiving the Albany Medical Centre Prize in medicine and Biomedical research 2009, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical research Award in 2007, the New York City Mayor’s Award for excellence in science and technology in 2004 and the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 2003.” (The Rockefeller University, Awards and Honors) it would be wrong to say that Dr. Ralph didn’t know what he was talking about and his opinion on animal research and testing was wrong.


Michael O. Leavitt is another professional that is against animal testing and research and believes that it is bad science and does not believe that most animal tested treatment and products are effective on humans. “Currently nine out of ten experimental drugs FAIL in clinical studies, because we cannot accurately predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies.” (Michael O. Leavitt, U.S. department of health and human services). Dr. Andre Menache is a veterinary surgeon and a zoologist. I one of his videos, produced by he goes on to talk about the ethical and scientific parts of animal research and testing and what good science research would be. Andre talks about how it is not only ethically wrong to test on animals but also how it is morally wrong and goes on with the ‘Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purpose’ (animal ethics committee). Animals are healthy at the beginning of all experiments but are made ill and injured and diseased. 85% of all animal research and experiments are done on rat sand mice. Tests conducted on animals are suggested to be because of fifty year old laws and one hundred and fifty year old science according to Andre Menache.

Types of research done on animals are:

  • Basic biomedical research < centric engineering, psychological and physiological research
  • Medical research
  • Agricultural research
  • Safety testing

Good science:

  • Species specific
  • Do no harm > can’t use healthy volunteers
  • Evidence based > systematic review
  • Huge discordance between people and animals




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This entry was posted on May 8, 2016 by in Geelong - Friday 3pm, Uncategorized.

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