Of course, they could have just asked us. But this recent finding by the US National Research Council is very good news for animals suffering in laboratories. According to the study,
“Recent advances in systems biology, testing in cells and tissues, and related scientific fields offer the potential to fundamentally change the way chemicals are tested for risks they may pose to humans. …The new approach would generate more-relevant data to evaluate risks people face, expand the number of chemicals that could be scrutinised, and reduce the time, money, and animals involved in testing.”
I guess research councils take longer than the rest of us to figure out that animals just don’t work the same way as humans, but it’s great to see that they’ve finally figured it out. You can read The Daily Telegraph‘s take on the study here, and for those of you with a more academic disposition—or just a whole lot of time on your hands—the full study is available here.