Scientific research with animals has taught us most of what we know about the functions of the body, including that of the nervous system

Research involving living nonhuman animals has attracted the attention of two quite different segments of the nonscientific public: animal welfare and animal rights or animal liberation groups. Animal welfare groups are concerned not only about laboratory research involving living animals, but also about other aspects of animals’ involvement in human society. In contrast to animal welfare groups, animal rights groups argue that no laboratory research should involve living animals, regardless of the benefits that would result from animal research.

  • Scientific research with animals has taught us most of what we know about the functions of the body, including that of the nervous system. This knowledge has been essential in developing ways to prevent and treat neurological and mental disorders.

What is your take on the necessity of human/animal research? What are the guidelines that should be followed? When is it acceptable and not acceptable to do this type of research? Use opinion along with information from the readings.
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