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Animal research crucial to creating AIDS treatments



Scientists in Philadelphia may be on the cusp of curing AIDS.

Researchers at the Wistar Institute are running the largest randomized clinical trial of an AIDS therapy in the world. The drug they're testing has shown the potential to reduce the level of HIV in a patient's blood. That's the first step toward a cure.

Treatments like this one were unimaginable just a few years ago. Since then, HIV/AIDS has transformed from a death sentence to, in many cases, a manageable chronic disease.

For that transformation, we can thank animal research, the indispensable foundation of most medical and scientific studies. And yet many animal-rights advocates continue to push for prohibition of animal models in biomedical research.

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