A New Medical Research Model: Ethically and Responsibly Advancing Health for Humans and Animals

By Dr. Patricia Olson and Dr. Robin Ganzert
(Originally published in the Annual Review of Animal Biosciences Vol. 3: 265-282 (Volume publication date February 2015)

With the increasing use of genomics, computational analytics, emerging technologies, and personalized medicine, the possibility of a new research model is emerging. Using the clues from thousands of species living on our planet, scientists from many disciplines (medicine, veterinary medicine, wildlife) must collaborate, prioritize, and strategize on how to address causes of health and disease. Such clues should guide disease prevention, as well as the development of innovative, efficacious, and gentler therapies. Geographic and language barriers must be broken down, and scientists—even within a single academic, corporate, or government research site—must be vigilant in seeking the help of nonmedical disciplines of colleagues from whence answers might come. The public will become more interested in and demanding of such a model, desiring that all family members (humans and animals) have an opportunity for a long and healthy life. Above all, such activities will be humanely conducted with outcomes having the greatest chance for success.

To read the entire paper, click here: http://www.annualreviews.org/eprint/X3UqANF2Wfi4ge3QfHsW/full/10.1146/annurev-animal-022114-110759

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