Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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Considering animal alternatives and welfare via a comprehensive search of the scientific literature

Mary W. Wood and Lynette A. Hart
UC Center for Animal Alternatives, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, USA
Searching the bibliographic databases for alternatives for the use of animals in research, teaching or testing, and considering alternatives to potentially painful or stressful procedures are regulatory requirements common to the US and member states of the EU,
as well as several other countries. Effective searches are those completed in a variety of databases using a sophisticated and well considered strategy. Efficient searches are facilitated by the development and use of new search grids, practically organised by type of research, proposed animal model and research topic.

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