Saturday, 13 January 2018

Honoring Animals Used in Research And Testing

quote [ The United States’ National Academies of Sciences estimates that as many as 22 million vertebrate animals are used every year in the United States alone for research and testing. About 85 percent of these animals are rats and mice. ]

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foobar said @ 3:39am GMT on 13th Jan [Score:1 laz0r]
Mice and rats deserve it. Little assholes.
ComposerNate said[1] @ 11:06am GMT on 13th Jan
If rats and mice treated humans they way we treat them, you would have stronger words than asshole.
foobar said @ 3:31pm GMT on 13th Jan
I assure you I have never shat in anyone's cheerios. They deserve it.
ComposerNate said @ 4:07pm GMT on 13th Jan
I assure you humanity constantly shits in the food of rats.
foobar said @ 4:48pm GMT on 13th Jan
Rats can't own anything.
ComposerNate said @ 5:20pm GMT on 13th Jan
So says humanity.
foobar said @ 5:38pm GMT on 13th Jan
So says everything that says things.
ComposerNate said @ 7:56pm GMT on 13th Jan
midden said @ 5:15am GMT on 13th Jan
They experimented on Yoda?
Bruceski said @ 5:24am GMT on 13th Jan
That is clearly Nicodemus of Nimh
midden said @ 6:09am GMT on 13th Jan
#separatedatbirth
Kat said[1] @ 10:29pm GMT on 13th Jan
Whenever I think of mouse research (which is surprisingly a lot, these days), I think back to this series of articles from Slate:

The Mouse Trap: Can One Lab Animal Cure Every Disease?



TLDR: Rats and mice are used a LOT in research (cheap, good life cycle, genomes very close to humans, etc.). Science requires repeatable results. Natural animals vary slightly from one to the next. Research rats/mice are crafted to be completely identical and consistent. Breeding them/caging them make them a LOT less like wild rodents due to things like less exercise, varied diets, and a restrictive environment (think of the evolution of humans in Wall-E). We're getting consistent results, but are they accurate? How far removed are they from actual humans?

TLDR for TLDR: Testing exclusively on today's mice and rats might be fucking up our science.
Kat said @ 10:32pm GMT on 13th Jan
Caveat: this series is from 2011. Researchers are beginning to use other animals (e.g. zebrafish) more often. Still, the idea hold that we could manipulate a different animal in the same way as the mouse.

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