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Disease Models

Animal Models of Dementia: Ethical Considerations

By I. A. S. Olsson & P. Sandøe
Animal models of dementia. The Humana Press Inc. 2011


This chapter aims to encourage scientists and others interested in the use of animal models of disease specifically, in the study of dementia to engage in ethical reflection. It opens with a general discussion of the moral acceptability of animal use in research.

Three ethical approaches are here distinguished. These serve as points of orientation in the following discussion of four more specific ethical questions: Does animal species matter? How effective is disease modelling in delivering the benefits claimed for it?
What can be done to minimize potential harm to animals in research? Who bears responsibility for the use of animals in disease models?

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