Nobis, Nathan. "The harmful, nontherapeutic use of animals in research is morally wrong." The American journal of the medical sciences 342.4 (2011): 297-304.This PowerPoint with audio narration is available in a readily accessible online format here. The file can also be downloaded here and here.
For scientific, ethical and economic reasons, cell-based, computational and other non-animal study methods are being increasingly developed and implemented by biomedical researchers. Additionally, federal regulations and guidelines state that researchers proposing animal-based methods in research must demonstrate that they have considered the methods that can avoid or minimize animal use. In some cases in the U.S. and abroad, the use of alternatives to animals in experiments is required. Yet, there is currently little training on the availability and efficacy of these critical research tools and reports show that researchers and administrators are often not familiar with these techniques. This course will prepare the students for entering biomedical research fields and bridge an important gap in the current training. This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in biomedical sciences programs, university and industry faculty and staff researchers, bioethicists, grant reviewers, and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee coordinators and members. No prerequisite is needed. Course Goal and Objectives The development and utilization of non-animal methods (often called “alternatives”) in biomedical research, testing and education is a burgeoning field. The course will introduce students to the range of non-animal research methods available, their efficacy, how to identify and implement them and policies affecting their use.
Course Number: BIOL-40313 Credit: 3 units in Biology