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Missing evidence that animal research benefits humans

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1017

Moratorium is unjustified

  1. Colin Blakemore, chief executive (,
  2. Tony Peatfield, head of policy (
  1. Medical Research Council, London W1B 1AL

    EDITOR—Pound et al take an extremely narrow approach to the question: “Where is the evidence that animal research benefits humans?” and they misinterpret their own data.1 Their opening statement, that clinicians and the public often consider it axiomatic that animal research has contributed to the treatment of human disease, yet little evidence is …

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