Ministers in the UK say that they are working to limit the number of animals used in scientific research, Nature reports. The science minister, David Willet, says that the government plans to follow the "3R" approach of reducing, replacing, and refining the use of animals in research.

Willet notes that the while the number of animals used may decline, the number of procedures involving animals might not change.

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