Some often think animal research follows a step-wise trajectory until the research is developed into a human therapy. But the two often continue in parallel. Spina bifida and open fetal surgery are a great example of this process.
There can be few areas of medicine that are as emotionally and ethically fraught as the treatment of babies born with life threatening or debilitating illness. Doctors must constantly weigh up potential benefits to the baby of any procedure against risk that the procedure may harm either the baby or mother. Nevertheless, it’s an area … Continue reading Caring for Sick Babies: Science versus Animal Rights