Animal testing. Is there still a need?. Our interview with Dr Christopher Adda what happens at Latrobe?.
Is there still a need?
Within our time at Latrobe we had the opportunity of an interview with Dr Christopher Adda, a scientist indevelopment of a malaria vaccine antigen. With him we learnt all about the Latrobe and the committee, the way animals are treated, how they are tested on and the regulations.
At Latrobe the animals are kept in what has been described to be better then any other place for an animal. The animals light, food and temperature is closely monitored by scientists. They are kept in cages/ pens that are as big as a small office. Dr Christopher Adda explained that animals would actually be happier and healthier in a lab than in the average home.
“There is certainly still a need” Dr Christopher Adda explains, “if the testing is going to help us in some way in the future then it is all worth it, even if the tests are only slightly progressed its one step closer to helping people in the future.”
“we do animals because we could never test on people.”
The ld50 test is done at Latrobe, this test identifies how much of a curtain drug people can take before getting a reaction to it this test is done on mice.
Of course research is undertaken at Latrobe Chris Adde explained the process of giving a mouse a tumour or diabetes of some sort then scientists designing a drug and giving it to the mouse to see if the drug has any effect on the mouse and to find out if the drug is helping the illness
If scientist were wanting to find a cure for a curtain disease, they would need to find an animal with a genetic line of the disease or they would have to give the animal the disease e.g. Finding tumour cells then putting it into a mouse letting it grow then giving the mouse the drug they have been working on then monitoring it closely to see how the drug effects the tumour
At La Trobe there is a committee that controls, authorises and regulates every experiment, test or study that includes animals. Animal Ethics Committees (also known as AEC’s) must also ensure that all activities conducted in their institution or by the independent researchers they supervise complies with the Regulations and Code of Practice. The Committee must consider and evaluate requests to use animals for research and teaching purposes, according to the answers the chief investigator supplied in the application form. The AEC has the power to stop any unauthorised experiment or study and may withdraw approvals for on-going work. The committee includes four different, equal groups of people, Class A, B, C and D.
A change is taking place in laboratories across the world regarding the use of animals in drug development. The first realistic software models of human and animal organs are starting to emerge
A computer simulation is a computer program, or network of computers, that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. Computer simulations have become a useful part of technology
“More than 100 million animals every year”