What kind of animals are experimented on?
Animal experimentation involves more than 27 different species
including: macaque monkeys, squirrel monkeys, rats, mice, dogs,
hamsters, guinea pigs, and cats
Domestic Ferrets are used in many broad areas of research and
have been since the early 1900's to study the pathogenesis and
treatment in a variety of human disease as animal models in
biomedical research, including studies of cardiovascular disease,
nutrition, respiratory diseases (such as SARS and human influenza),
airway physiology, cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disease
(such as peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori). Ferrets
share many anatomical, metabolic and physiologic features with
humans which has promoted their use as an animal model.
Additionally, lab tests are commonly performed on mice. In fact,
breeders can create special varieties of mice called "knockout
mice." The term knockout refers to the fact that these mice are
genetically modified so that particular gene expressions are
repressed, or turned-off. There are many varieties of knockout mice
available depending on what is being investigated. These mice are
very useful in the biomedical field. By using knockout mice,
researchers are able to learn about the specific effects of certain
genes. Drug therapies can also be tested on these mice.
Advice from other contributors:
* Mostly small animals are used in animal testing rats and mice
are popular but also cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.
* Rats, mice, rabbits, monkeys, stray dogs and cats.
* Quite a few animals get tested on but guinea pigs are the most
common animals get tested on
* All types of animals: Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Rats, Mice,
Gerbils, Monkeys, gorillas, wild animals
* Dogs, like beagles; cats, rabbits, rats, mice, a variety of
monkeys; guinea pigs, gerbils, fish, frogs, baboons, chimpanzees
and fruit flies
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Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, cows, goats, monkeys, frogs, lizzards,
sheep and many more.