Why Animal Research Matters
Animal research is an indispensable tool for understanding complex living organisms, and many University of Wisconsin–Madison research programs study animals as models of human disease and to explore basic biological processes. The university’s commitment to responsible and ethical research conducted under the attention of skilled veterinarians continues a long history of improving human and animal health and well-being.
Su-Chun Zhang and co-first authors Yuejun Chen and Man Xiong grew the specialized nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells. Read more
January 12, 2017 Former UW geneticist, Nobel laureate Smithies diesMuch of the work for which Oliver Smithies shared the Nobel was performed at UW-Madison, where he was a professor from 1960 to 1988. Read more
December 22, 2016 UW–Madison statement on animal care recordsIn December, the University of Wisconsin–Madison provided a set of records to Michael Budkie, an Ohio-based animal rights advocate, in accordance with Wisconsin public records law. Budkie requested all “reports of adverse events or unforeseen outcomes” involving animals in research… Read more
November 23, 2016 Gut’s microbial community shown to influence host gene expressionThe upshot of the study is another indictment of the so-called Western diet, high in saturated fats, sugar and red meat. Read more
For more than 100 years, scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have successfully used animal models to discover new knowledge to benefit people, animals and society.
The university accepts responsibility for the stewardship of all animals under its care, conducting the kind of careful, ethical studies that can improve human and animal health.
Scientists, veterinarians and members of the public work to ensure UW–Madison’s world-class research is conducted ethically, safely and in compliance with federal laws and regulations.
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