Research in cows helped create the world’s first vaccine, which in turn helped end smallpox.
Studies with monkeys, dogs, and mice led to the polio vaccine.
Drugs used to combat cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, hepatitis, and malaria would not have been possible without research with primates.
What medical advances came from animal testing?
Surgical procedures, pain relievers, psychoactive drugs, medications for blood pressure, insulin, pacemakers, nutrition supplements, organ transplants, treatments for shock trauma and blood diseases—all have been developed and tested in animals before being used in humans.
Does animal testing help find cures?
In fact, practically every drug, treatment, medical device, diagnostic tool or cure we have today was developed with the help of lab animals. Many diseases that once killed millions of people every year are now either preventable, treatable or have been eradicated altogether.
What percentage of animal testing is successful?
In 2004, the FDA estimated that 92 percent of drugs that pass preclinical tests, including “pivotal” animal tests, fail to proceed to the market. More recent analysis suggests that, despite efforts to improve the predictability of animal testing, the failure rate has actually increased and is now closer to 96 percent.
Why is it good to test on animals?
There are several reasons why the use of animals is critical for biomedical research: Animals are biologically very similar to humans. In fact, mice share more than 98% DNA with us! Animals are susceptible to many of the same health problems as humans – cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.