Animal Testing and ResearchAnimal testing and research has led to countless medical and scientific advancements.
How Animal Testing and Research Has Helped You
Nearly every medical breakthrough involves animal testing and research.
If you’ve ever taken antibiotics, had a vaccine, a blood transfusion, dialysis, an organ transplant, chemotherapy, bypass surgery or joint replacement, you have benefitted from animal testing and research. In fact, practically every drug, treatment, medical device, diagnostic tool or cure we have today was developed with the help of lab animals.
Many diseases that once killed millions of people every year are now either preventable, treatable or have been eradicated altogether. Immunizations against polio, diphtheria, mumps, rubella and hepatitis save countless lives and the survival rates for many major diseases are at an all-time high thanks to the discovery of new drugs and the design of sophisticated medical devices and surgical procedures. In the coming years, a universal influenza vaccine may be a reality, as well as a vaccine to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Animal testing and research saves lives
Since 1900, the average human life span in the United States has increased by almost 30 years. In 2015, infant mortality in the U.S. – a key indicator of the nation’s health – was measured at 5.87 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 55 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1935.
Animal Testing and Research Achievements
We have all been the beneficiaries of animal testing and research. Research with cows helped create the world’s first vaccine, which in turn helped end smallpox. Studies with monkeys, dogs, and mice led to the polio vaccine. Drugs used to combat cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, hepatitis, and malaria would not have been possible without research with primates.
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