Global Directory of Biobanks, Tissue Banks, and Biorepositories

Specimen Central

An extensive listing of biobanks, tissue banks, and biorepositories, with links to all institutions.

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Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH


OLAW provides guidance and interpretation of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the Policy.  This site includes a variety of resources, including laws, regulations, guidance documents, and educational materials.

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The Animal Welfare Act:
Background and Selected Legislation

Congressional Research Service
September 2010

This report reviews key provisions of the Animal Welfare Act and related legislative action.

Read More is an information resource for members and staff of institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs), entities that must be established by institutions that use lab animals for research or instructional purposes to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution’s animal care and use program.  The site links…

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Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity

Institute of Medicine

IOM was asked to conduct an analysis of the scientific necessity of chimpanzees for NIH-funded research.  In this report, it establishes a set of uniform, restrictive criteria to guide research use of chimps to prevent or control public health challenges.

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NIH Policy Regarding the Use of Chimps in Research

This site describes NIH’s plans to substantially reduce the use of chimps in NIH-funded research, and includes a variety of links describing the history of this decision.

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Special Section: Moving Forward in Animal Research Ethics
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Vol. 24, Issue 4

Cambridge Journals
October 2015

The articles in this special section address a range of issues relating to animal research, law, and bioethics.

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Special Issue: Rethinking the Ethics of Research Involving Non-Human Animals
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics Vol. 35, Issue 2

Tom Beauchamp, Hope R. Ferdowsian, John P. Gluck, Issue Eds.
April 2014

The articles in this issue assess how moral argument and empirical studies stand to guide animal research policies and practices into the future.

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The Use of Nonhuman Animals in Biomedical Research

Paper presented at the 17th Annual Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship, Medical University of South Carolina
October 29-30, 2010
Dario L. Ringach

One scientist's response to key objections against animal research, and an argument that the responsible use of animals in biomedical research with the goal of advancing medical knowledge, science and human health, is scientifically and morally justified.

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Are We Willing to Fight for Our Research?

14 Ann. Rev. of Neuroscience
David H. Hubel

Neuroscientist David H. Hubel's 1991 argument that scientists need to advocate for and educate the public about the importance of animal research not only in their own work but in advancing medicine and science more broadly.

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Animal Liberation

Peter Singer

In this book, renowned philosopher Peter Singer addresses “speciesism” and addresses animal research in Chapter 2.

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The Regulation of Animal Research and the Emergence of Animal Ethics: A Conceptual History

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Bernard E. Rollin

This article reviews the conceptual history of the regulation of animal research, explores the main legal provisions, and addresses future directions.

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The Ethics of Animal Research

EMBO Reports
Simon Festing and Robin Wilkinson

This commentary article discusses the benefits, costs, and ethics issues of using animals in scientific research, with a focus on the legal frameworks in the UK and other European countries.

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National Anti-Vivisection Society

This organization is devoted to advancing science without harming animals.

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Speaking of Research

This organization aims to provide accurate information about the importance of animal research and animal testing in medical and veterinary science.

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