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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

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

Stephen P. Schiffer

The MIT Press

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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