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Potter 1 Jessica Potter Dr. Monteiro English 1301-318 21 July 2017 Man’s Best Test Subject We, as animal lovers, couldn’t bear to see our beloved furry companions burned and blinded by toxic chemicals, but the many species that undergo animal testing are no different from our very own Fido and Snowball. Animal testing is unethical because it is the exploitation of a life force with feelings and emotions despite many alternatives to the barbaric practice. Science has come a long way over the past thousand years. There are many alternatives to animal testing that make the barbaric practice unnecessary. One alternative is in-vitro testing, which uses human tissue and cell cultures to determine if a product is safe. It is more accurate because humans are not rats, dogs, or even chimpanzees. We are humans, with complex bodily functions that differ in ways that could mean life or death. In some cases, it’s a matter of life or death. The same rules apply in human microdosing, where a human volunteer is given a miniscule sample of a chemical. It’s enough to show up in the bloodwork, but not enough to cause harm. The bloodwork is then analyzed as it would be in an animal testing situation. This is the 21 st century. We are lucky to live in a time when we have the help of complex and accurate computer models and simulations. They help in many ways. One example is the ability to
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