The second attack this week on a science research facility , this time on the Malaghan Institute. Milk was spiked with formaldehyde as an unknown persons stance against the institute’s testing on mice
To date mice represent a key tool in the modeling and treatment of diseases in-vivo (within a living organism). They are the last step before proceeding into human clinical trials providing vital efficacy and toxicology to reduce potential side effects in humans. A blunt way to put it – its the mice or us. Ethical guidelines are stringent to ensure the best well being for these animals
These sort of incidents are distressing to see and are hard to justify in my eyes. Like many issues today, education, of the use of animal models AND GE [with reference to my earlier post] (what is it, why we use it, concerns, benefits, NZ regulations) in science research, continues to be one the ways to combat such activism. But I believe more can be done to do this,. Who acutally is responsible for making sure the public/ society can understand reasoning behind aspects of science research, while the scientists themselves can play some part they can only do so much to reach the wider audience.