Apart from saving lives and alleviating suffering, epidemiologists have made one other important, though inadvertent, contribution to medicine. By showing that diet, lifestyle and environment are the main causes of disease, they have shown that animal research is not only irrelevant to the major factors which govern our health but is also a serious waste of resources.
(4) Mice are not miniature people. As Alexander Pope said “The proper study of mankind is man!”
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