Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Animal Testing Helps Researchers

This is about a new innovation in vaccines. Currently vaccines have to be refrigerated, and in hot remote areas of the world this is a big problem, but this new innovation suspends the vaccine in cells. Once the cells are injected into the recipient the blood dissolves the cells and the vaccine is released.

This is great because it will give vaccines a longer shelf life and make them more temperature tolerant. And as stated in the report, an extra 10 million people could be vaccinated using existing budgets, simply because this innovation could eliminate the need for refrigeration completely.

Although, none of this would be possible without animal testing because nobody is willing to have an untested substance injected into them. In theory everything should be fine, but living organisms are so complicated the only way to test something like this, is to actually test it. Otherwise there is no possible way it can be used.

I don't like it, but it's a necessary evil. Maybe one day in the future when we can build artificial test systems we can finally do away with Animal Testing.