In light of Cancer Research UK’s (CRUK) announcement about their “grand challenges”, when it comes to laboratory research, Animal Aid urges it to invest solely in species relevant human-based science, not unreliable and cruel animal-based methods that are scientifically dubious and to which some scientists display an attachment, which is both puzzling and depressing.
The scientific case against animal research is supported by Professor Azra Raza, of Columbia University, who stated: “An obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed in cancer research is that mouse models do not mimic human disease well and are essentially worthless for drug development”. Additionally, the former director of the highly influential US NIH stated: “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”
Away from the laboratory, CRUK should pay heed to its own recent statement that healthier lifestyles could have prevented almost 600,000 cases of cancer in the UK between 2009 and 2014.