• Question: Do any of you do drug testing on animals ?

    Asked by Emma xx to Sebastian, Paddy, Lee, Jennifer, Fiona, Eleanor on 8 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by Micha.
    • Photo: Jennifer Harris

      Jennifer Harris answered on 8 Mar 2019:

      Yes – I worked on mice during my masters and PhD to learn how their immune systems worked during skin cancer. Animals are essential to drug discovery and development at the moment as they are needed to test if something is safe. We use animals to make sure that when we give a new drug to a human that they don’t have significant side affects or die.

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      Fiona Scott answered on 8 Mar 2019:

      I don’t personally as a chemist. My drugs are in too early a stage to test them in animals. At the moment they are tested in individual cells in a lab.

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      Eleanor Senior answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      I don’t, but my once my work is done and it is taken forward then it is highly likely someone will since it’s an animal vaccine.

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      Sebastian Cosgrove answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      Like Fiona and Eleanor, I haven’t had to do any work with animals as I am at such an early stage of the drug discovery process. But things that I have worked on have gone on to be tested on some animals when I worked in industry. This is unfortunately an important part of the process to ensure what we make is safe to humans and the environment.

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      Paddy Sudhakar answered on 11 Mar 2019: last edited 11 Mar 2019 4:34 pm

      No I dont fortunately. If I had to, I would not and could not.