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The US needs a stronger position on live-animal research

One of the Editorials in last week’s issue of Nature (457, 636; 2009, free to access online) calls for vigorous pursuit and prosecution of “activists” who break the law, often violently, in their personal stances against the use of animals in experimental research. According to the Editorial, “US federal, state and university authorities need to go beyond enforcement and take an unequivocal, public stand that emphasizes the importance of animal research for drug testing and basic science — as did former UK prime minister Tony Blair. It would be especially helpful if President Barack Obama were to make such a statement.” 

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