2020 medical breakthroughs


To mark World Laboratory Animals Day, EARA has published a feature looking back at some of the medical breakthroughs made possible with animal research last year.


The article highlights the biomedical research across Europe which was featured by EARA throughout the year.


Animal research has played a critical role in Covid-19 research, providing an understanding of the disease thanks to research in mice, monkeys and ferrets among others.


While Covid-19 dominated the headlines in 2020, biomedical research also had success in other areas of human and animal health, with progress in fields such as cancer medicine, Ebola and organ transplants.


EARA executive director, Kirk Leech, said: “Despite the obstacles, the remarkable advances in biomedical research this year, especially with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic and at a time of such crisis, highlight the indispensable role of animals in research.”

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