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Research and Animal Welfare

Medical Milestones

"The use of animals in medical research and safety testing is a vital part of the quest to improve human health.... Without animal testing, there will be no new drugs for new or hard-to-treat diseases.... Animal research is an essential part of compassionate humanistic endeavour."

— The Lancet (2004), Vol. 364, pp. 815-816

Thanks to research utilizing animals, many diseases that once killed or disabled millions of people every year — such as polio, diphtheria, mumps, rubella and hepatitis — are preventable or treatable, or perhaps have been eradicated altogether. The use of animals in research studies has helped scientists to develop procedures as blood transfusion, dialysis and organ-transplantation. In fact, since 1979, nearly every Nobel Prize awarded in Medicine has been for research which depended on laboratory animal models.

For more information on medical progress and animal studies, please visit the National Association for Biomedical Research.

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