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Without animal research, polio would kill or cripple thousands of unvaccinated adults and children each year.
Research Process

Research Basics:
What is biomedical research? Looking at a breakdown of the terms according to the Webster’s Dictionary, we find “bio" meaning “life or living organism,” “medical” meaning “healing; pertaining to the science, study, or practice of medicine, or the art of healing diseases,” and “research” meaning “careful, patient, systematic, diligent inquiry or examination in some field of knowledge, undertaken to establish facts or principles.” In simplified terms, we can understand from these definitions that biomedical research is the search for ways to heal living organisms such as humans and other animals.
Types of Research:
Experimental design profoundly influences the outcome of a research study and is, therefore, extremely important. The first step in designing an experiment is identifying and clearly defining the question or problem to be studied. The objectives of the research study must be realistic, in other words, they must be achievable. The next step is to choose the research model that is best suited for the experiment. The model may be a culture of animal or bacterial cells, or a whole animal of a particular type.

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Why use animals at all?
There are striking similarities between the physiological systems of humans and various species of animals. Much of what we know about the immune system has come from studies with mice. Research on dogs has provided a great deal of information about the cardiovascular system. more...