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Sensing a seismic shift away from failed system

Nathaniel P. Morris and I share a common background, and his insightful commentary rang true for me (“Humanity in the animal research lab,” Op-ed, July 25). As a Harvard graduate and former animal researcher — I used dogs for heart research — I too experienced the unavoidable cruelty, the detached gallows humor, and the ethical dilemma Morris described.

But I learned something else that was critical to my decision to forgo animal experimentation, and this may ease Morris’s lingering doubts. I learned that my animal experiments, and indeed those of my colleagues and other basic scientists, were neither necessary nor reliable when studying human diseases and treatments.

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