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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

New publication: White paper and colourful language: Toward a realistic view of animal research

New publication by Herwig Grimm and Matthias Eggel 

Ostensibly high scientific standards and the promise of short-term benefits are significant challenges for the credibility of animal research.

Both Directive 2010/63/EU on the use of animals for scientific purposes and the recent mission statement from the Max Planck society („White Paper“) articulate strict limitations on animal-based research and acknowledge an impetus to protect animals, along with a need for some harm-justifying benefit; yet, the public perception of animal experiments seems to be growing increasingly negative. We believe that this negative view is provoked by at least two aspects of scientific research, of which the wider public are becoming increasingly aware: Firstly, researchers do not always meet their own ostensibly high scientific standards; and secondly, researchers are overstating the short-term benefits that their animal experiments may promise.