• Question: How do you decide which animal to test on?

    Asked by sorchandanniirock to Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Mariam Orme answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I use flies for some of my experiments because they are cheap and easy to work with (the cheap part is important since I’m mainly funded by a charity) and because some of the experiments I want to do have to be done in animals, but I don’t personally want to use mice, rats or anything else cute and furry.
      But I don’t ever test drugs, so I’m afraid I don’t know anything about how you would decide what animal to use for testing.