"certain animal models have played significant roles in the study of particular diseases"
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics
The Ethics of Research involving Animals - 25th May 2005
“Animal research has been, and can potentially be, scientifically valid, in that it is possible to extrapolate from animal models to humans (or other animals) in specific cases… [and] certain animal models have played significant roles in the study of particular diseases and… has also led to the discovery of treatments for human diseases”
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics identifies, examines and reports on the ethical questions raised by recent advances in biological and medical research. It is funded jointly by The Nuffield Foundation, the Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust.
The aim of the report is to clarify the debate surrounding research involving animals and to help people think through the ethical issues that are raised. It makes recommendations for future policy and practice, including the use of GM animals, improving the quality of debate, implementation of the Three Rs and the responsibilities of various groups involved.
Sections 6.40 and 10.46