Jim Duffy in Johns Hopkins Magazine:
“No one in science was paying attention to this whole area,” says Andrew Rowan, senior vice president for research, education, and international issues at the Humane Society of the United States. “There was no sense of urgency, no sense of obligation.”
That’s no longer true. Last year’s edition of the triennial World Congress for Alternatives to Animal Use drew more than 1,000 participants to Berlin and featured hundreds of presentations and talks. National scientific centers devoted to developing alternatives are in place all over the world, with new ones appearing recently in India and Brazil. There’s talk of starting up a degree program tailored to alternatives—and of doing it through CAAT at Johns Hopkins, which, as one of the nation’s largest biomedical research enterprises, experiments on animals in numbers that rank among the nation’s highest.