Why Chimpanzee-Testing in Medicine Had to End

Why Chimpanzee-Testing in Medicine Had to End by John Pippin, MD was published on Monday, March 7th 2016 on Independent Science News.

Synopsis: The recent decision of the US National Institutes of Health to end chimpanzee testing and move US chimps to a sanctuary in Texas was based on good science, says John Pippin, MD and former animal researcher. The differences between chimpanzees and humans were too great for chimpanzee experiments to have much value. Consequently, medical funding was being wasted, treatments were not moving forward, and sometimes patients were dying.

To read the full article go to: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/why-chimpanzee-testing-in-medicine-had-to-end/

Further Reading on Animal Experiments: Bad Science and Bad Ethics

Akhtar, Aysha. “The flaws and human harms of animal experimentation.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 24.04 (2015): 407-419.

Eisenman, Stephen F. “Criticizing animal experimentation, at my peril.” Altex 33.1 (2016): 3. Initiatives leading to even modest reduction in animal use at major US universities are likely to continue to face strong opposition. At least, that’s the conclusion the author draws from his efforts at Northwestern University.

Evans, Erin M. “Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones? The Problems and Promises of Policy Reform for the Animal Advocacy Movement.” Sociological Perspectives (2015): 0731121415593276.

Couzin-Frankel, Jennifer. “When Mice Mislead.” Science 342.6161 (2013): 922-925. A revealing article about the state of mouse research — from tiny sample sizes to missing mice to unblinded and unrandomized studies to the “poor patients [who] are exposed to things they shouldn’t be” – it is clear that neither health nor scientific understanding is being well-served by the current situation.

Seok, Junhee, et al. “Genomic responses in mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110.9 (2013): 3507-3512.