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We spend $6 billion on athletic shoes a year. The National Cancer Institute spent $2.4 billion in 1997 trying to find a cure for cancer.

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.
Discoveries:
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.

 


Why are increasing numbers of animals sacrificed for research?
Although the number of mice used in medical research has increased in recent years because of their use in genetic research for diseases, the number of most kinds of animals used in research has actually decreased by 20%-50% in the past 20-25 years, due in part to the replacement of some animals with non-animal testing and the improvement of research techniques.
 
 

 

 

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