Professor Colin Blakemore claims that experimenting on primates is vital for researching Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes and other diseases, and that the ban on using great apes should be relaxed in the future if necessary. There are a number of errors and contradictions in his claims, which reveal his position to be insupportable from any perspective:
Patient safety organisation Europeans for Medical Progress has published “Non-human primates in medical research and drug development: a critical review” (Biogenic Amines, Vol. 19, No. 4-6, pp. 235-255) – available here.
Says Science Director of Europeans for Medical Progress, Dr Jarrod Bailey, “There is a great deal of data showing primate research to be irrelevant, even hazardous to human health and to have little or no application to human medicine. For the sake of medical progress, it is time for a transparent examination of this issue, free of rhetoric and unsubstantiated claims of infinite medical benefits.”
A new paper by Safer Medicines scientific consultant Rebecca Ram, Dr. Domenico Gadaleta of the Mario Negri Institute, Italy and Dr. Tim Allen of the MRC Toxicology Unit, Cambridge discusses the progress of in-silico methods in New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) as well as the increasing need for use of ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence (AI) […]World Animal Free Research Day
One of our partner charities in the Alliance for Human Relevant Science is Animal Free Research UK. They have initiated an annual World Animal Free Research Day on the anniversary of their founding, 27th May. Our goals are very complementary: Animal Free Research UK’s vision is “To create a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering”, while […]