Revamp animal research rules, report urges

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Science  27 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6362, pp. 434
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6362.434

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Scientists using animals in lab research are pressing the federal government to ease regulations. Several major organizations representing the scientists, universities, and private laboratories issued a report this week asking Congress, the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health to streamline oversight of animal research. The proposals include creating a single regulatory agency, reducing inspections, and giving researchers more say over development of future rules. But animal protection groups are pushing back. They warn the changes would ease requirements to look for alternatives to animal testing, and make it more likely problems will go unseen.