I'm a big fan of rodents. As a kid, I had two pet mice (called Pip and Marty). As a teenager, I had four Russian dwarf hamsters (Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll) and, as a student, I had a couple of piebald rats (Chicken and Noodle). Now, as a neuroscientist at a UK university, I have a colony of rats with numbers instead of names. It's a dilemma that many researchers face: how to reconcile their empathy with animals with their desire to develop safe and effective therapies for diseases or injuries. It is ethically challenging: for 7 years, I was simultaneously a vegetarian and vivisector.
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Lawrence Moon; Why we need rats: What it is like to use animals in neurobiological research in the UK?. Biochem (Lond) 1 October 2008; 30 (5): 30–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BIO03005030
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