August 9, 2012
Is using animals in medical research necessary? Some people would say yes, others would say no... But who's right? No matter what one thinks or believes this question still remains, yet to be answered. At first this question seems like its answer lies within ones opinion and only that, but if you look closer there is a lot more to it than opinion. Feeling sorry for the animals is definitely where it starts for people who don't agree with animal testing; but that's not where it ends.
Medical research using animals has prolonged the lives of millions of people. Animals such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and different strains of rats and mice are used as disease models in medical research to test treatments and surgical procedures. The disease animal models used in medical research have resulted in treatments to combat health disorders that affect my family members. Health disorders such as diabetes and asthma affect some members of my family. Without the use of animals in medical research, certain medications and treatments would be useless to humans. My youngest brother suffers from severe bronchiole asthma. The animals involved in research for the treatment of asthma include steers and guinea pigs. For example, the adrenal glands of steers produce epinephrine. Epinephrine is a neurotransmitter used in the treatment of asthma. The controlling hormone, ACTH, found in the pituitary gland of steers, is used in medications to relieve the symptoms of asthma. The guinea pig is another animal used in the research of asthma. An asthma model in guinea pigs has been developed for human asthma research purposes. By treating the guinea pigs with 2,4-toluene diisocyanate (TDI) for about ten weeks, the guinea pigs suffer from labored breathing, a symptom associated with bronchiole asthma in humans, Further research using asthma-induced guinea pigs should aid in the discovery of new treatments and cures to conquer...