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February 9, 2000

Animal Research and Human Disease—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(6):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.283.6.741

In Reply: Scientists involved in biomedical research that uses any species—human or other—must treat research participants in a manner that combines respect for the individual with rigorous scientific methods, all under the examination, monitoring, and constraints of local institutional oversight committees. A consideration often overlooked by those who decry biomedical research using nonhuman participants is that these same research findings have been crucial in diagnosing and treating disease in animals as well as humans.