Pitt: Stop Cruel and Useless Sepsis Tests on Mice!

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Inside a Pitt laboratory, experimenters puncture the intestines of hundreds of sensitive mice, cause fecal matter to leak into their stomachs, producing sepsis. As infection overtakes their small bodies, they endure widespread excruciating pain, fever, chills, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and finally, multi-organ failure. Eventually, they are unable to move. 

Not only are these experiments cruel, they are also completely unnecessary.

In 2013, a landmark study published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the results of sepsis experiments on mice cannot be applied to humans because the genetic responses to the condition are entirely different between the species. Commenting on the 150 drugs that successfully treated sepsis in mouse experiments but failed in humans, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health wrote, "No wonder drugs designed for the mice failed in humans: they were, in fact, treating different conditions!"

The University of Pittsburgh is wasting time, wasting our tuition money, and wasting innocent animal lives for these cruel and useless experiments. 



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