Opening the lab door

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Science  29 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6396, pp. 1392-1395
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6396.1392

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In the past 6 months, the animal research community has been blindsided by a series of legislative defeats. Animal activist groups have scored victories at the state and local levels, ending experiments at top federal labs and passing laws that compel researchers to adopt out their lab animals. At the same time, public support for animal research in the U.S. continues to decline. In response, some pro-research groups are urging U.S. universities and scientists to be more transparent about the animals they use and why they use them. But it's unclear who will get on board with these efforts—and whether they will turn the tide.