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Cancer research and animal cruelty

Published 15/10/2015

In light of CRUK's announcement of its Grand Challenges £100m grant scheme, when it comes to laboratory research, Animal Aid urges it to invest solely in species-relevant, human-based science - not cruel animal-based methods.

The scientific case against animal research is supported by Professor Azra Raza of Columbia University, who stated: "An obvious truth that is either being ignored, or going unaddressed, in cancer research is that mouse models do not mimic human disease well and are essentially worthless for drug development."

Former director of the influential US NIH stated: "We have moved away from studying human disease in humans..."

CRUK should pay heed to its own recent statement that healthier lifestyles could have prevented almost 600,000 cases of cancer in the UK between 2009 and 2014.

JESSAMY KOROTOGA

Animal Aid

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