Animal Research : Animal Testing

1700 WordsMay 11, 20167 Pages
JT Forster Foster 1 Mr. Malcolm English 11 07/31/2013 Animal Testing Imagine being poked and prodded with a needle, all to test for a new drug against bacteria. Would that be okay if the medicine being used would eventually save countless lives? This is the one of the many issues behind the debate that is animal research. Some people argue for models, taking the use of animals completely out of the research equation, while others advocate the continued use of animals, only if a standard level of care is set. Ever since the late sixties and early seventies, animal research has been under fire for what they do. This is mainly due to the changing perspectives on the…show more content…
The second factor, which is ecology, came about because of a large increase in the popularity for the field. As the many researchers in the field started proving that humans cannot simulate the same ecosystem in a lab, the next step was easy to connect the ecosystem to what it looks like in a lab. Animal research has many successes under its name, and many of them end up being skipped over when people attempt to bring down what has happened. Some of these could not have just happened in a test tube, and others are much quicker due to the many different methods and types of testing that could have been used during experimentation. These successes range extensively from finding cures for cervical cancer, a project that used mice, to creating a treatment for human children with bone growth plate problems through observation and testing of animals ' bones. Another example is that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was studied on animal models and later tested on rats, linking the damage to a shortage of iron while the fetus was forming. These results gave doctors something to fight the issue with, it was in the form of iron supplements. Just over four million babies are born every year in the United States. Out of those four million babies, about forty thousand are born with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, making its appearance in humans more common than the autism spectrum disorders in humans. These stories are more typical
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