Helping People
Helping Animals

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  Without animal research, there would be no kidney dialysis.  
Benefits of Research
Helping People:
Did you know that you, your friends, and your family have all benefited from animal research? Without animal research, millions of people would die each year from a variety of illnesses. Thanks to research using animals, diseases such as polio have been virtually wiped out. Other illnesses, such as diabetes and arthritis, are controlled through animal research.
Helping Animals:
Animals benefit from research, too! Treatments and cures for conditions that affect people help those animals who are also susceptible to those conditions. Researchers also seek to conquer diseases that only affect animals, both to improve the well-being of their research animals and to help pets and farm animals live longer, healthier lives.
Over the years, scientists have solved medical problems, cured diseases, and developed vaccines—all by using animals in biomedical research. This section lists medical breakthroughs from the early 1900s to the present, including information about current research.

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Why are increasing numbers of animals used in repetitive experiments?
Repetition of some experiments must occur for a variety of scientific reasons. The validation of data is critical to minimize or discover potential error. Experiments must be repeated to account for even the slightest change in variables such as dosage, temperature, and weight.