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February 21, 2001

What Price Mice?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Ms Fishbein is Vice President and General Counsel, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.


Controversies Section Editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, Executive Deputy Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(7):939-941. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.939

Because they are dedicated to the elimination of the use of all animals in medical experiments regardless of the human cost, animal protectionist groups have moved vigorously to seek the assistance of the federal courts. Inspired by their taste of success in other areas, these groups are now attempting to make the use of mice, rats, and birds in biomedical research prohibitively expensive and extremely burdensome. This raises the distinct possibility that such research is in danger of experiencing the strangulation by red tape that is threatening medical research in the United Kingdom.1-3