What If Animal Testing Led To A Cure For Cancer?
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.
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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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.