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The Ethics of Animal ResearchExploring the Controversy$
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Jeremy R. Garrett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017060

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.001.0001

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The Evolutionary Basis for Animal Research

The Evolutionary Basis for Animal Research

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(p.31) 3 The Evolutionary Basis for Animal Research
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The Ethics of Animal Research
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Stephen P. Schiffer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.003.0003

This chapter reports that there is clear public support for ethically guided animal research and seeks to articulate a scientific basis for this intuition using the theory of evolution. It states that evolution provides a biological basis for animal research, and supplies “a sound, albeit cold, defense for using nonhuman animals for research.” It suggests that biological evolution offers a sound explanation for the validity of animal modeling of human disease. This chapter shows that the investigation of animal models of human diseases and their evolutionary perspectives holds a promise of an even greater understanding of the human condition and the association to all other creatures, great and small.

Keywords:   animal research, biological evolution, animal modeling, human disease, human condition

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