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Letters Utility of animal research

A paradigm shift is needed to move biomedical research forward

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4267
  1. Brett Cochrane, group head of science1,
  2. Kit Byatt, chair of the board of trustees1
  1. 1Dr Hadwen Trust, Suite 8, Portmill House, Hitchin SG5 1DJ, UK
  1. b.cochrane{at}

Pound and Bracken’s article clearly and concisely captures the current status of, and key issues associated with, basic research using animals.1 In particular, and as identified by Godlee,2 one of the most relevant questions the paper raises is: “what can we do differently?”

The Dr Hadwen Trust maintains that basic biomedical research needs to be more relevant to humans and has funded a diverse portfolio of projects using …

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