The Importance Of Animal Research

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Research on animals is important in understanding diseases and
developing ways to prevent them. The polio vaccine, kidney transplants,
and heart surgery techniques have all been developed with the help of
animal research. Through increased efforts by the scientific community,
effective treatments for diabetes, diphtheria, and other diseases have been
developed 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 all
possible because of animal research. Since the turn of the century,
animal research has helped increase our life-span by nearly 28... View More »

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Vaccines have reduced the cases of polio in the U.S. from
58,000 to one or two a year at present.
Scientists are learning how the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
works by studying its non-human primate counterpart, the Simian
Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) in monkeys. The SIV model is useful in
testing drugs for AIDS. In addition, the HIV virus survives in certain
kinds of monkeys and although it does not kill the animals, it can be
removed from them. This may prove useful in testing an AIDS vaccine.
Researchers are studying rhesus macaque monkeys to explore ways
to reduce multiple organ failure following hypotensive shock, a loss of
blood pressure due to loss of blood. Researchers have hypothesized that
damage to the organs occur within the first few minutes after blood flow
is reestablished, when a certain kind of white blood cell attaches to
walls of blood vessels and releases toxic substances. The researchers
reasoned that if, just before blood flow is reestablished, a substance
that prevents the white blood cells from attaching to the vessel walls
were injected into the blood stream, it might prevent the release of their
toxic contents and avoid multiple organ damage. It is expected that this
new technique will prove effective in human patients.
Researchers are studying obesity in monkeys in hopes of finding a
way to control body weight. Scientist are also using monkeys to study
Taurine deficiency, which causes vision problems, and zinc deficiency,
which causes growth retardation among infants and fetuses.
Researchers are ...

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