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We need more finance for humane research

Published 08/06/2016

Creating human-animal hybrids is bad for people and worse for animals. To create animals containing human material, animal mothers undergo invasive procedures to harvest their eggs and implant embryos.

To understand more about human development and human diseases, the world's most forward-thinking scientists are developing and using methods that actually supersede the crude use of animals and are actually relevant to human health.

These modern methods include sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues and innovative biotechnology, such as organs-on-a-chip, which replicate human physiology, diseases and drug responses more accurately than experiments on animals.

With more investment and use of humane, cutting-edge technology, we'll have much better science than the monstrous 'frankenscience' of creating human-animal hybrids.

DR JULIA BAINES

Science policy adviser

 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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