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This news story from the Guardian says that "universities and medical schools have been criticized for increasing the number of animals used in research by more than 50 percent since 1996 while industry has reduced its procedures by 20 percent over the same period." One person quoted blames the "ivory tower mentality" while others argue that current computational methods simply have limits in terms of how well they can simulate biological systems.

 

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