Medical Testing


[In answer to a letter about animal laboratory testing…. see LETTERS]

I too am saddened to read this, Marion. There is now a chair of alternatives to animal testing at Universtiy College London.

The team there believe that animal testing is now not just unnecessary, but actually holding research back, because of the specific responses now known to be governed by various codes in differing human genomes. As we learn to focus on single small groups of human genentic make-up, testing on animals becomes more and more irrelevant, and is very liable to lead to misleading results – as indeed happened with the validation of the drug Thalidomide.

All the best.

We can only keep trying to educate.