Invertebrates are frequently used for experimentation because of their short life cycle, ability to reproduce very quickly and prolifically and because simultaneous experimentation on very large numbers is possible.
As in the case of flies such as fruit flies, worms such as wax worms are also frequently used in studies that examine virulence of pharmacologically active compounds.
Mice and Rats
As many as 20 million rats and mice may be used for experiments in the United States alone. Mice share 99% of human genes, are a great model of inherited human disease . Don’t cost very much to breed or feed and they multiply quickly by reproducing larger numbers. Used for anything from cancer research to testing medicines to genetic modification, toxicology mice and rats are the most commonly used.
Rabbits also multiply rapidly and are among the more commonly used vertebrates for experimentation for products such as eye irritation tests etc. Rabbits are also used for polyclonal antibodies production.
Amphibians are other unfortunate animals that find way to laboratories. It’s not unusual to see medical students dissecting frogs as part of their study. More than 20,000 amphibians such as frogs were used in the year 2004 in the United Kingdom alone.
Just like frogs, lizards too are a regular for students’ dissection tables and classroom biology experiments.
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