Letter Utility of animal research

Animal research has been essential to saving babies’ lives

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4174 (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4174
  1. Andrew Whitelaw, emeritus professor of neonatal medicine1,
  2. Marianne Thoresen, professor of neonatal neuroscience1
  1. 1University of Bristol, Neonatal Neuroscience Level D, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol BS2 8EG, UK
  1. andrew.whitelaw{at}bristol.ac.uk

Pound and Bracken’s argument that much animal research is poorly designed, uncritically analysed, and wasteful should not be interpreted as support for the anti-vivisectionists who would ban all animal experiments.1

The article implied that, in recent years, animal research had not led directly to major advances in human health. However, three life saving treatments in neonatal medicine would not have been given ethical approval for clinical trial if high quality animal models …

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