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Oxford opens animal lab

Five years after construction first started, then stopped, then started again, Oxford University's controversial animal research lab officially opened its doors today (Nov. 11). Construction of the £18 million ($28 million) linkurl:Biomedical Sciences Building;http://www.ox.ac.uk/animal_research/the_biomedical_sciences_building/index.html began in 2003, but was linkurl:suspended;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22297/ in 2004 for 16 months after the contractors pulled out in th

By | November 11, 2008

Five years after construction first started, then stopped, then started again, Oxford University's controversial animal research lab officially opened its doors today (Nov. 11). Construction of the £18 million ($28 million) linkurl:Biomedical Sciences Building;http://www.ox.ac.uk/animal_research/the_biomedical_sciences_building/index.html began in 2003, but was linkurl:suspended;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22297/ in 2004 for 16 months after the contractors pulled out in the face of intimidation from animal rights activists. The university then obtained an linkurl:injunction against the protestors,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22318/ established an exclusion zone around the facility, and the government provided additional security to allow the lab's linkurl:construction to go ahead.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22849/ The four-story building is still ringed by a wooden fence topped with barbed wire, and remains under constant surveillance by CCTV cameras. Only mice have been moved into the facility so far. But over the coming months, the lab's staff plans to transfer other animals -- including ferrets, tadpoles, zebrafish, and monkeys -- into the center, which will bring more than 100 animal research projects currently run across the university campus under one roof. The lab is expected to be fully up and running by the middle of 2009, according to the__ linkurl:Guardian.;http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/nov/11/animal-research-oxford-university __An entire floor of the new facility is dedicated to the lab's most contentious subjects -- macaques -- which will make up less than 0.5% of the animals in the new facility. For an inside look at the animal research lab's primate facilities from the __BBC__, linkurl:click here.;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7721955.stm
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Avatar of: Paul Browne

Paul Browne

Posts: 38

November 17, 2008

The news that Oxford's new biomedical centre is up and running is very welcome, and the University and government deserve the thanks of the scientific community for pushing ahead with this project despite threats and attacks by animal rights extremists.\n\nAt Pro-Test we are well aware that this new laboratory has the support of the overwhelming majority of Oxford students and citizens, support that was made manifest in two demonstrations we organized a couple of years ago when the extremist threat was at it's worst. \n\nAs we like to say "No more lies, no more fear..."\n\nhttp://www.pro-test.org.uk/b2evo/index.php?blog=5&title=no_more_threats_no_more_fear_animal_rese&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1\n\n
Avatar of: anonymous poster

anonymous poster

Posts: 1

November 18, 2008

Some of these animal rights groups can be pretty scary. They have been known to do things like follow delivery vehicles to learn where a targeted lab gets its supplies, then visit the homes not only of researchers but also of people who work for suppliers. They have showed up at my home and those of my neighbors with leaflets that named me and my wife as "living on blood money" because of where I work; she happened to get home before me that evening and was understandably quite upset to find those leaflets.\n

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