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THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL RESEARCH Research on animals is important in understanding diseases anddeveloping ways to prevent them The polio vaccine kidney transplantsand heart surgery techniques have all been developed with the help ofanimal research Through increased efforts by the scientific communityeffective treatments for diabetes diphtheria and other diseases have beendeveloped with animal testing Animal research has brought a dramatic progress into medicine With the help of animal research smallpox has been wiped out worldwide Micro-surgery to reattach hearts lungs and other transplants are allpossible because of animal research Since the turn of the centuryanimal research has helped increase our life-span by nearly 28 years And now animal research is leading to dramatic progress against AIDS andAlzheimers disease Working with animals in research is necessary Scientists need totest medical treatments for effectiveness and test new drugs for safetybefore beginning human testing Small animals usually rats are used todetermine the possible side effects of new drugs After animal tests haveproven the safety of new drugs patients asked to participate in furtherstudies can be assured that they may fare better and will not do worsethan if they were given standard treatment or no treatment New surgical techniques first must be carefully developed andtested in living breathing whole organ systems with pulmonary andcirculatory systems much like ours The doctors who perform todaysdelicate cardiac ear eye pulmonary and brain surgeries as well asdoctors in training must develop the necessary skills before patientslives are entrusted to their care Neither computer models cell culturesnor artificial substances can simulate flesh muscle blood and organs likethe ones in live animals There is no alternative to animal research Living systems arecomplex The nervous system blood and brain chemistry and glandsecretions are all interrelated It is impossible to explore explain orpredict the course of many diseases or the effects of many treatmentswithout observing and testing the entire living
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