Ever since their existence, humans have been seeking knowledge. Such knowledge enables them to evaluate the possible consequences of their actions and, where appropriate, look for alternatives. The insights gained in basic research also serve as the basis for new technologies, materials, treatments, and drugs. However, to gain biological and medical insights scientists often must rely on studies with living organisms.
Why are animal experiments indispensable to basic research today, and likely to remain unavoidable in the future? Which animals are used in such tests? How do researchers fulfil their responsibilities in this regard? Answers to these and other questions can be found here.