Blake, director of Seriously Ill for Medical Research (a patients group supporting the humane and necessary use of animals
in medical research), asks for Nirenberg's view on medical research. He informs Nirenberg that he has written all Nobel
laureates in physiology or medicine and asks a common question of each, "Do we really need animal experiments in medical
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Seriously Ill for Medical Research
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Seriously Ill for Medical Research.
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
I am the founder and director of Seriously Ill for Medical Research (SIMR), a patients group supporting the humane and necessary
use of animals in medical research. SIMR was formed in 1991 by patients who were outraged by animal rights actions that threatened
SIMR's main objective is to promote a greater public understanding of the methods, aims and benefits of medical research
and the role of animal research.
I am writing to all Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine as your views on medical research are highly respected. I wanted
to address the common question, "Do we really need animal experiments in medical research?"
Your answers will be compiled and then presented to the media in a special report. Your name will only be used if you have
added any comment at the end of the questionnaire.
I would like a reply by no later than 31 May, if possible.