Letter: Sad day for humans and animals 14/11/08

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The opening of Oxford University's controversial new animal research centre is a sad day.

The opening of Oxford University's controversial new animal research centre is a sad day.It's not only sad for the countless animals who will suffer and die there but also for patients who may be denied breakthrough treatments because of the continued dependence on unreliable animal tests.

Medical research based on artificially creating a small selection of symptoms in animals that are similar to those seen in humans, has failed time and again.

Vital and often subtle anatomical, metabolic, physiological and genetic differences between species mean that results can be misleading.

A review published in the British Medical Journal in 2007 concluded that results from animal research into treatments for five different human diseases had failed correctly to predict the human outcome 50 per cent of the time: about as accurate as flipping a coin.

It is a disservice to science that a lab built at the start of the 21st century will still be focusing on experimental techniques from the middle ages instead of championing cutting edge non-animal technologies.

Toni Vernelli

Campaigns officer

Animal Aid

Tonbridge,

Kent