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Letters Utility of animal research

Importance of animal research in zoonoses

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4172
  1. G V Asokan, epidemiologist and head of public health programme1
  1. 1College of Health Sciences, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038, Salmanya Medical Complex, Bahrain
  1. agvaithinathan{at}

Pound and Bracken’s observations on the failure of animal research to translate evidence to humans stem mostly from poor design and conduct of animal research.1

These observations, however, do not apply to zoonotic diseases, which infect multiple species and constitute more than 60% and 75% of …

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