What If Animal Testing Led To A Cure For Cancer?

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Could you ever picture a situation where medical research on animals would be acceptable? What if it paved the way to a cure for cancer? A pharmaceutical company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada is putting the question to the test, after they credited a key study using mice to a breakthrough treatment for brain and breast cancer.

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biOasis Technologies, Inc. released a statement that their new medical regime looked promising to stop the growth of tumors in human patients with metastasized brain cancer and breast cancer. During the past year, the company has conducted research by transplanting highly aggressive human breast cancer cells under the skin of mice and treating them twice a week for six weeks with their new drug, BT2111, Herceptin (R) or a placebo. The tumors in the mice of the control group grew by a devastating 400 percent. The tumors in the mice that received the new treatment were completely stopped and the animals had very few side effects.

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Advocates like those from the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine have argued in the past that "animals are poor models" for studying human diseases. In addition to the pain and suffering endured by the animals, much of the research has resulted in outcomes that do not cure human ailments. The theory says that human and animal physiology is different and just because a treatment shows promise in an animal study, the likelihood of it showing the same results when it is retested on humans is limited.

However, the scientists at biOasis sidestepped this argument by injecting the mice with human cells. Their report stated the model the company used is "accepted industry-wide as a gold standard for assessing the performance of new and emerging drugs to treat cancer." They believe the regime will translate to a "potentially life-saving treatment" for human patients.

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So has the world entered a new phase of medical research? Scientists around the world are experimenting in new ways on animals such as this one that posted on Care2, "Genetically Modified Camel Milk Could Help Produce Pharmaceuticals."

The biOasis research will now be sent for further collaboration with Texas Tech University. It will be years before it will be available for the average cancer patient or further studies may prove that it will never become a new medical miracle. Whatever the outcome, the question will still stand before us as to whether the sacrifice the animals paid in the name of human health is acceptable.

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as someone who loves animals and hates to see them suffer i have this to say, .. if it is possible to save lives and end human and yes animal ( by which i mean our pets ) suffering then yes. these test and experiments are horrific and cruel to the animals ( countless are killed including our closest primate cousins, ) but think of a child dying of cancer in a hospital. now think of millions of them. can it be fixed. maybe. people take their pet dogs. ect. to the vet and surgeries and medication likely came from testing on animals in labs. all the human lives taken by rats and mice from diseases like the plague, those numbers have been made up for by rodents giving their lives ( VERY UNWILLINGLY though ) .in this way. i hate to say it, but it may be for the best. and we all know it sorry.

September 17 2012 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Holder

There are many examples of animal research contributing to cancer treatments as well as many other modern medicines. Herceptin is a humanized mouse antibody used in the treatment of breast cancer. Tamoxifen is likewise the result of animal research. The HPV vaccine (against cervical cancer) was developed using dogs and mice. Even chemotherapy was the resut of research and testing on animals.

September 10 2012 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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