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Alternatives to Animals Urged for Producing Antibodies

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Science  09 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5412, pp. 230
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5412.230a

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A National Academy of Sciences panel has concluded that biomedical researchers should produce most types of monoclonal antibodies using methods that don't require killing mice. But it argues that the use of mice is essential in some cases and should not be banned. Observers say that the committee's report, released this week, could help prevent a long-running feud from escalating into a high-stakes legal fight.