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International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals

Human Tissue - Alternative to Animal Testing Experiments

4: Epilepsy

Click to Enlarge: Epilepsy Epilepsy is another area of research that has relied heavily on animal experiments. While there are numerous "animal models" of epilepsy, none accurately reproduces the clinical disorder, and results vary depending on the model chosen. A more relevant approach is to supplement clinical observations of epileptic patients with studies on brain tissues obtained during therapeutic neurosurgery. For instance, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, have studied the chemical basis of seizures in patients using tissue removed surgically during treatment for intractable epilepsy.(9)

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