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Asked by kayladiamond to Arti, Chris, Dustin, James, Steven on 21 May 2012.
No, my work is focused on working out ways to study animals with less and less impact to the animals.
My work is field based, and by lowering any human influence on the animal when we are studying them means that our data is better and means more.
Only the species called PhD students.
The only animals I have used for experiments are fruit flies.
I try very hard not to actually harm them. I look after them as well as I can and make sure they have plenty of food and water and sunlight and air. They do die after I conduct my experiments with them, but they have a pretty short lifespan anyway.
Lol @Steven’s answer! Remind me to stay away from him! 🙂
Hey @kayladiamond. I research cancer and work with mice. We do our very best to make it so the mice aren’t hurt. Sure, they have surgical procedures, and yes, they do get cancer. BUT we have very strict ethical guidelines that we need to adhere to. We have in-house vets that can check on the well being of the mice, as well as specialised technicians that see these mice daily, not to mention the researchers ourselves. In essence, these mice are treated like royalty. When it does appear that a mouse has become sick, or they are not at their best then we have a legal equipment to address this and put them out of pain/discomfort immediately. We need to do animal research to test new therapies to improve things for humans. I know and understand that some people are not comfortable with this but it is reality.
I never have actually worked with animals beyond dissections when teaching classes. Having said that many of my friends work with lots of animals to do their research. As Chris said there are very strict rules about how animals can be used in research and you can get in a lot of trouble if you do the wrong thing.
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