What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered? – The Scientist (Animal: Dan Robitzski | October 2022)
There are obvious reasons for anguish as the natural world experiences a devastating level of species extinction. But for researchers who use animals that are considered useful modules for humans when testing agents for safety and efficacy, there is a growing concern. If a model species go extinct, how do we conduct testing to see whether an agent is safe and effective? Are we facing a future where humans are exposed to agents that have not been tested before they use in humans? This piece published in The Scientist examines the issue.