Animal research is necessary

Treatments for Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Brain-controlled prosthetic devices for lost limbs. Medications improving the quality of life for those suffering from schizophrenia. What do these life-changing advances have in common? All were made possible through strongly regulated and humane animal research. Last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans to phase-out the use of monkeys at its research facility in Poolesville, Maryland, research that has for decades provided critical insights into our understanding of the child’s brain and behavioral development and of diseases such as autism. Some people may use this announcement to spin a story that research involving monkeys and other animals is no longer necessary. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This decision, in fact, was mainly due to economic reasons, and…


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