New proposed European laws to harmonize animal research across the EU could seriously hamper biomedical research, according a linkurl:report; published yesterday (Mar. 24) by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and a linkurl:declaration; issued today (Mar. 25) by a group of leading British life sciences organizations.
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"We certainly welcome the opportunity to standardize animal care on a Europe-wide basis," linkurl:Roger Lemon,; a neuroscientist at University College London and the chair of the ESF's expert group on animal research, told __The Scientist__. "But where we have some difficulty is where some types of research would just be stopped altogether." Last November, the European Commission and European Parliament introduced draft legislation -- called the "Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes" -- to update prior legislation from 1986. The proposed directive aims to reduce the number of animals used in research and...

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