Animal Models for Human Disease

 There are many diseases that surround us today, too many to count! If we could find cures for them all, that would be great, but what do we test on? Some say it's fine to use animal models and that it will help us save lives, but others that think it's unethical to induce a disease on another living being. However you view it, there is no doubting that animal models help us discover more about inheritable diseases and get researchers closer to finding cures.

The image to the right shows what animals are used how much for experiments. 

By looking at the chart, you can tell that scientists use mice most of the time. The reason they choose mice is that they are small, cheap, and have anatomies quite similar to humans. 

Created By: Carolina Chernyetsky, Samantha Rundle, & Morgan Yanni 

Did You Know?

Over 70 Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine were awarded to researchers who had explicitly relied on the use of animal models. 

A Few Examples of Animal Models Used for Disease Research:

  • Alzheimer's Disease (mice)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's disease)  (mice)
  • Cancer (zebra fish, Casper fish)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (pigs)
  • Huntington's Disease (monkeys)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (mice)
  • Parkinson's disease (transgenic animals) 

 

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