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Open Access Considerations for Infectious Disease Research Studies Using Animals

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Animal models are vital in understanding the transmission and pathogenesis of infectious organisms and the host immune response to infection. In addition, animal models are essential in vaccine and therapeutic drug development and testing. Prior to selecting an animal model to use when studying an infectious agent, the scientific team must determine that sufficient in vitro and ex vivo data are available to justify performing research in an animal model, that ethical considerations are addressed, and that the data generated from animal work will add useful information to the body of scientific knowledge. Once it is established that an animal should be used, the questions become 'Which animal model is most suitable?' and 'Which experimental design issues should be considered?' The answers to these questions take into account numerous factors, including scientific, practical, welfare, and regulatory considerations, which are the focus of this article.

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Affiliations: 1: Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 2: Environment, Health, and Safety Office, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 3: University Research Animal Resources, Office of Research, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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