Animal funds

The Recorder – Column missed the importance of laboratory animal research

Posted: 10/23/2022 2:27:03 PM

Modified: 23/10/2022 14:26:52

In the recent My Turn “Cruel and unnecessary experiments on animals worsen gender inequality” (Gazette, Oct. 20), the author calls for increased attention to women’s health which is surely an urgent and chronic need. . What the author missed was the enormous importance of new knowledge that can only come from carefully regulated animal research and can be translated to improve human health. Recognizing this importance, the federal government passed the Animal Welfare Act which sets the standard for the ethical treatment of animals in this context. Additionally, health-related research funded by the National Institutes of Health involving laboratory animals should follow the 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement to permit the use of animals only in cases where alternatives are not available. possible. Ironically, the decried research of Professor Agnès Lacreuse focuses on women’s health and more specifically on Alzheimer’s disease, which has a huge and disproportionate impact on women. Perhaps the author has been misinformed or misled by the rhetoric of certain vested interests targeting the work of dedicated scientists like Dr. Lacreuse. Readers more interested in facts can find them at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/air/index.htm.

Mike Malone

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement UMass Amherst