Thoughts on Science: Animal Testing

Throughout history, animal testing has been a controversial topic; many believe it is a horrendous practice, while others believe it to be a necessity for advancing medical research.
However, animals do not get many of the same diseases humans do, such as cancer, HIV, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease.
Since animals are unable to acquire these diseases naturally, signs of these diseases are injected into them in an attempt to make the animals more “human.”
Aside from the needless torture created by animal testing, it has been shown time after time that most experiments done on animals are not relevant to human health.
Animal testing does not significantly contribute to any medical advances.
Recent research reveals that only five to 25 percent of tests performed on animals and humans yield agreeable results.
Continuing these experiments not only wastes the lives of billons of animals, but billions of dollars as well.
Various methods have been introduced that not only prove to be more efficient and relevant to humans but also cost a lot less than animal testing ever has.
One of these new methods is called “organs-on-chips.” They are human cells grown in a state-of-the-art system that is made to mimic the structure and function of human organs and organ systems.
They were created by Harvard’s Wyss Institute to replicate human physiology, diseases, and drug responses in a more accurate way than animal testing.
The very nature of animal experimentation is cruel and unjust.
The only way to avoid it and improve the accuracy of research data is to cease the use of animals in furthering scientific research.
By cutting out animal experimentation, humanity can move science forward.

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