This past week however, I feel there is a glimmer of hope that times are indeed changing!At the Graeme Cark Oration in Melbourne, Dr Don Ingber MD, PhD from Weiss Institute, presented The Next Technology Wave: Biologically Inspired Engineering
The presentation was excellent. Dr Ingber discussed how our current model of drug development (ie animals) is broken then went on to explain how organs-on-a-chip provide far more accurate data that is relevant to humans and much quicker to evaluate. What impressed most however was the enthusiasm shown by a huge audience of medical and scientific experts. They were actually lauding this new technology.Still feeling somewhat giddy at the positivity of the event, I arrived at work the following morning to learn of an article published in none other than the prestigious British Medical Journal questioning the role of animals in medical research: How predictive and productive is animal research?
What is the world coming to? At this rate I’ll be out of a job (and my dream realised!)
There comes to mind a saying by Victor Hugo – “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” Surely the time is nigh and animal experimentation will be delegated to the history books. We’ll certainly continue fighting until it is!