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Alternative methods, Animal research, Ethics

15 - 01 - 2016

Video : Debate on animal Research

Today, could we do without animal research ?  What are the alternatives to animal testing ? What are the regulations for the use of animals for scientific purposes? These questions are at the heart of a one-hour debate that was organized in June 2015 by the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris (see video bellow). 

  In Europe, laboratory animals are used to develop new drugs, to test for chemical toxicity and to monitor food safety. To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Claude Bernard, a French doctor from the nineteenth century and a pioneer of experimental methods, the Cité des Sciences organized a debate on animal testing and invited five guests:  1)      François Busquet, political coordinator of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) ;2)      Philippe Hubert, director of Francopa (national platform for the development of alternative methods to animal testing) ;3)      François Lachapelle, president of the GIRCOR and chief of animal experimentation at the INSERM ;4)      Nadine Peyriéras, neurobiologist and director of research at the CNRS ;5)      Claude Reiss, president of Antidote Europe. Hosted by the journalist Nathalie Million from Radio France, the debate revolved around the following questions: what is the relevance of animal models? What is the researchers point of view and what are the alternatives to animal testing ?   The read around the topic: Why does animal research remain essential, article published in the CNRS Journal.