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Just because an ingredient is labeled "natural" doesnít mean itís safe. Many plants and plant extracts can cause harmful health effects ranging from mild irritation to even death.

Types of Research

Many questions about animal and human health can be answered using a variety of research techniques in studies on animals. There are two main types of research: discovery research (learning about diseases, what causes them, what could treat or cure them) and product research (creating new drugs, improved surgical instruments, or medical equipment). This section provides a broad overview of major animal research techniques.




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Are researchers using more and more animals every year?
The number of animals used in research has actually declined in the past 20 years. As technology advances, researchers are able to rely on computer models and other methods instead of animal testing. Some estimates show a reduction in animal use as high as 50 percent. Since 1967, the number of cats used in research has dropped 66 percent.