|MadSci Network: Genetics|
Dear Ryan, I believe in the use of animals for medical research. Because of some mammals close physiological characteristics to humans, they are a good choice to determine if a medical treatment is viable before starting human testing. In the U.S. animal testing must be done on a drug before it can enter the first of four phases of human drug testing before going to the market. In my previous work experience all animals that I tested or made equipment to test with were used in non-invasive experiments. In other words, the animals were not continuously needled or subject to harm. They might have been unhappy being placed in a restrainer but were able to return to their normal daily routine after measuring some physiological factors such as blood pressure or respiration. If the testing is done humanely where animals are not caused to suffer then it should be used. It would be better than testing an experimental drug on one of our relatives. I hope this answers your qu
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