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Where you can find detailed scientific information about the use of animals in research. By providing you with the facts we hope to build an understanding about how and why animals are used in science and medicine.
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HIV and AIDS
The FDA recently approved a HIV vaccine for safety trials in humans, and experiments with monkeys and mice have given hope that an effective vaccination may be possible. Research using a relative of the virus which affects monkeys, SIV, has helped scientists to understand why HIV is so deadly, and how this disease can be effectively treated.
Non-Human Primate Research
In December 2011, the Institute of Medicine (USA) released a report which said that although a ban on research using chimpanzees would be inappropriate, at present there were no scientific investigations which necessitated the use of chimpanzees. The USA is one of - few countries where chimpanzee research is still legal. An essay by R E Passingham gives background on types of research which involve non-human primate models, their limitations and their benefits…
Research using dogs
Dogs are used as animal models in a few very specific areas of medical research. Historically, they have been crucial in the development of surgical techniques such as blood and organ transplant. Today, they are principally used in research into heart conditions and safety testing. Find out more…
No two individuals of the same species will react in exactly the same way to a given treatment. Because of this, in medicine, a single study is not enough to assess the efficacy or side effects of a treatment. Systematic reviews consider a range of studies investigating a particular question, assess their reliability, and make an overall judgement based on all the available evidence. Can systematic reviews also be applied to animal research...?