Is it ethically right to produce genetically modified monkeys?

monkeyScientists at the Nanjing Medical University have successfully created genetically modified monkeys that will make it less expensive and relatively easy to test treatments for a whole range of human diseases.

The feat was applauded by some researchers who said it would help them to recreate devastating human diseases in monkeys, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The ability to alter DNA with such precision is already being investigated as a way to make people resistant to HIV.”

Animal rights activists are less than pleased and predict it will lead to the increase in the use of monkeys in scientific experiments.

What are the knowledge issues here? Where do we draw the line when it comes to ethically justifiable animal testing? To what extent should the moral judgements of people impede scientific progress that, in the long run, could save thousands of human lives. Read more here

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