Successful Medical Experiments With Animals Rabbits
September 21, 2015 5 Comments
POSTED BY DR. MARTHA ANDREA CASTRO NORIEGA, MD
I decided to write a post about how successful science has been, throughout the years, using animal experimentation to better human welfare. I do not wish to discuss or promote animal experimentation. I just want to point out the fact, that indeed, medical research using different species of animals has made a lot of progress in the evolution of human kind.
RABBITS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH (POLIOMYELITIS)
The age of the rabbits is important in considering the susceptibility. From the limited data at our command, adult rabbits are resistant, and there appears to be an abrupt increase in resistance between the age of 6 and 8 weeks; that is, rabbits under 6 weeks are more susceptible to the virus. There seems to be a parallel between the age incidence of this disease in rabbits and spontaneous poliomyelitis in man. The age incidence of poliomyelitis in man is indicated by the term “infantile paralysis.” Several methods of inoculation have proved successful; thus the rabbits have succumbed as a result of introducing the virus directly into the brain, by injecting it into a peripheral nerve, or directly into the circulation, or by placing it upon the uninjured nasal mucosa. The symptoms produced show more or less departure from the symptoms of poliomyelitis as seen in the spontaneous disease in man and in the experimental disease in the monkey. Entire Article