Are researchers treating the mice used in testing in a humane way?
What is the reasoning behind using mice for testing purposes?
How are technological advancements being used in the medical research community?
Misunderstanding exists amongst a large portion of society about the use of mice in testing. Some people are borderline hysterical when given a platform to express their ideas.
For some, images of filthy cages and mistreated animals are what they want to lead others to believe exist. Do they? Yes, as the human condition is one that this is unavoidable to some extent.
Yet what these people, these groups, fail to recognise is the facts. Institutions such as Oxford University have set forth standards that demonstrate humane procedures are in place and being utilised.
With institutions now implementing conditions that represent as close to a natural environment for the mice, with hygiene and safety at the forefront, a new standard is in place.
Yet you may be asking yourself why it is that mice are used for testing purposes to assist researchers. The mouse is a close genetic match to humans.
Mice also naturally develop conditions and diseases that humans do; such as cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Being that mice are mammals and share many of the same physiological systems, they are an ideal testing point for researchers attempting to find solutions to the health issues that threaten us humans.
Mice have systems such as nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and skeletal – the same systems found in other mammals. Of course, if you are reading this, you have these same systems as well. Humans are mammals.
Procedures later done at institutions such a Riverside Medical are tried on humans with confidence due to animal testing.
We all watch television, and some of us love to partake in the occasional programming that shows the world all the latest and greatest in technological advancements in the medical world.
What many of us fail to recognise is the tireless efforts of many unsung heroes behind the scenes laboring long and hard to develop the medicines that today either help cure or alleviate these conditions.
What we have discussed prior is the importance of why mice are used by researchers for human conditions. One area technology plays a role in this arena is the identification of the mice used in testing.
When some think of how this is done, images may come to mind of a metal ear tag being attached to the mouse’s ear with some sort of a tool, leaving the mouse subject to infections.
These days are long behind us. A more humane method is in place today to identify each of these lab mice. A method that does not involve any form of surgery either, as some of the chips used must be surgically placed.
Per the Oxford University, it is time for researchers and scientists alike to make their testing facilities more humane, and the advancements made in ID for lab animals has demonstrated just this.
The mice that are being used for testing purposes are being treated in a more humane way today by those who have put a priority on doing what is right. We know that mice carry many similarities to humans as they are part of the mammal family.
And it is good to know today that technological advancements have made it possible for humane treatment of these mice. All benefit from this approach.
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