Medical Research On Animal Research

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Medical Research on Animals Lucas Stolberg ACBS 160D Section 2 Kevin Schnoor 10/02/16 Introduction The rise of man throughout history is nothing short of a triumph. In fact, the distinction between humans and animals became apparent by our ability to coexist amongst each other, shape the environment around us, and generate new ideas through language and competing cultural memes. More recently, in the last hundred years, humans have achieved a plethora of scientific breakthroughs. In particular, according to the California Biomedical Research Association, nearly “every medical breakthrough in medicine resulted directly from research on animals” (ProCon, 2016). "Note: this peer-reviewed reference was used for the PRO position." Although humans are able to live longer and healthier lives at the expense of animal research, does that make animal research ethical? Thus, throughout the course of this essay, I will present an alternative position on medical research performed on animals, while considering multiple perspectives, before citing with any particular side. Body One One popular competing argument supporting research on animals is that animals provide a holistic view of how a living system operates and responds to certain environmental stresses. For example, “Studying cell cultures in a petri dish, while sometimes useful, does not provide the opportunity to study interrelated processes occurring in the central nervous system, endocrine system, and immune
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