Openness in Animal Research

argylesock says… Animals are used well in research in Britain. But misunderstanding is rife as this article reminds us. We’re urged to take part in a public consultation hosted by Understanding Animal Research.

Wellcome Trust Blog

The Wellcome Trust is committed to being open about what we do and we think it is important to involve the public in debates around potentially difficult issues. Nancy Lee, Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellcome Trust explains why we signed a “declaration of openness” on animal research and the importance of public trust.

C0018221 A scientist holding a mouse

At a meeting recently, one of our clinical scientists described how she had given a talk to prospective medical students about her research. They expressed surprise that medical research involved the use of animals. How, she wondered, did they think new drugs were developed?

There is a lot of misunderstanding and, for want of a better word, ignorance, about how and why animals are used in research. At a series of recent focus groups, for example, participants believed that cosmetics were still tested on animals. In fact, this practice has not been allowed in the UK…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to Openness in Animal Research

  1. Tony says:

    Yes, I feel they are there to be shot at, like a whole lot of others in the scientific research community unfortunately. I trust you had a fantastic Christmas, Sam and as you can tell I’m slowly catching up with the blogosphere once again. Onwards to 2014 and all that it will teach us.

    Happy New Year.


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