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Critiques of a recent article arguing that animal researchers face overbearing regulations

Molly Flynn and James Reynolds
To the Editor:Just as Göran Hellekant?s article ?How regulations hamstring animal research? points out that many members of the Animal Care Unit Committee (ACUC) do not have the scientific expertise to qualify them for protocol review, I must say that, in my experience, many scientists do not have the veterinary knowledge to qualify them to work, unrestrained and untrained, with live animals. Many scientists have been working in the research field since before these regulations were put in place, and would very much like to go back to the days when they could do whatever they wanted as long as they could get funding for it. But the standards of practice for veterinary medicine, as well as human medicine, have changed, too, and researchers have not always done the necessary homework to find out about the species they wish to work with. This can be extremely dangerous to both the...

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