Challenging Scientific Rhetoric with Scientific Reality
There’s no doubt that animal experiments are cruel. Sometimes, though, the ethical argument is not enough to bring scientists, policy-makers, and the public on board. NEAVS/Project R&R Science Director Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., is responding by challenging the scientific rhetoric of those vested in animal research with the scientific realities of the flaws and dangers of animal use and the benefits of alternatives.
Dr. Bailey earned his doctorate in viral genetics at Newcastle University, U.K. While examining the causes of premature birth using human tissue samples, he became interested in human-based research and, by contrast, the relevance—or lack thereof —of animal experiments to human disease.
An international expert on the validity of animal research, Dr. Bailey has published numerous papers, been the subject of several media interviews, presented at scientific conferences around the world, and participated in high-level debates and discussions in the U.S., the U.K., and the Belgian, Italian and European parliaments.
Since joining NEAVS in 2005, Dr. Bailey has published several papers in peer-reviewed science journals, which have been critical to Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, our campaign to end the use of great apes in invasive U.S. research. These papers evaluate the relevance of using chimpanzees to conduct research on human diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C. His work has drawn clear and repeated conclusions that even research on our closest genetic relatives—chimpanzees—has had little or no impact on human medical advances, helping us build an irrefutable scientific case in support of the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326).