Medical research would be much harder without animal subjects, and researchers are increasingly using animals either injected with human cells or with human tissue grafts to get a more accurate understanding of how a compound or drug works in people. A leading panel of scientists and ethicists has released a report calling for more scrutiny, regulation, and legal boundaries on this type of research, says the Guardian's Alok Jha. In particular, the panel says that future research into areas like human cognition and reproduction are of the most concern to the public when it involves animals containing human material. The panel didn't recommend that such work be outright banned, Jha says, but said it should be "most carefully considered."
'Most Carefully Considered'
Jul 25, 2011