Animal research is one of those tricky topics to cover. There are people who firmly believe all animal testing is inhumane, cruel, and largely unnecessary. There are others who believe most animal testing meets this criteria. And there is a majority of Americans who either don't have an opinion or believe it's 100% needed if we are to find a cure for the diseases that plague our society.
This is not that debate. But I'm conscious of it every time I work on a story that involves lab animals. I choose my words carefully.
What interests me about today's story that I ran at noon is that it deals with stroke and the combination of two controversial topics: (the highly controversial) human embryonic stem cells and (the somewhat controversial) animal research.. and what researchers pulled off (at least in the lab). That's a lot of parenthesis (because I can).
You can read more on the stroke discovery here:
Here is a great write-up that is very easy to understand:
I looked on the publications website to find the actual published study itself.. but it's searching incredibly slow and the link at the end of that article above is not currently working. That's okay.. I imagine most of you don't care to try and decipher the medical jargon, anyway.
Hey.. feel free to email me if you have any thoughts on this: