If You Were an IACUC Committee Member
Author(s): Gerald Schneider
If you were on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) committee and these proposals came up, what questions would you raise? What limits would you propose? What kinds of considerations would you like to see in the research design?
- An investigator has proposed experiments on learning and memory. In order to obtain rapid and efficient learning, she plans to use electric shock to the feet as a negative incentive. In order to test the generality of her results, the initial studies of rats will be repeated on cats and then on squirrel monkeys. Numbers of animals used: 60 rats, 12 cats, 8 monkeys. Surgical procedures: Implants of small cannulae in the hippocampul formation of the forebrain. Injections of drugs through these cannulae are used to disrupt the activity of the hippocampus. Financial support: grant from the NIH.
- An investigator plans a series of experiments using subcutaneous implants of a polymer which will release an anti-cancer drug slowly over a prolonged period of time. The effects on growth of an induced tumor will be compared with effects of multiple injections of the same drug without the slow-release capsule. Animals used: 400 mice. Tumors to be induced by injections of a mouse cell line; other mice will be from a strain with spontaneously appearing skin tumors. Financial support: grant from the NIH.
- A professor proposes using hamsters for a demonstration in an introductory class. Five animals will be given brain lesions that will produce an interesting kind of selective blindness that is relevant to understanding certain human conditions. The surgery will not be seen by the class. Behavioral demonstrations will be done with animals operated on before the term begins.
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"If You Were an IACUC Committee Member"
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Accessed: Saturday, May 25, 2013