A new commentary published in Lab Animal positing a hypothetical ethics violation in the treatment of lab animals has bloggers disagreeing on the merits of such case studies in ethics training for researchers. In the case study, a postdoc at "Great Eastern University" was found to have cut corners when operating on lab animals, leading those animals to have greater rates of wound re-opening and infection, requiring euthanasia in some cases.

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