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Parkinsons disease and systems of the future

In some areas of the medical profession it is thought that progress would be greatly affected if experiments were carried out without the use of animals. But with that being said, it should be remembered that we are in the twenty first century and the technology that is available is incredible. What has been, and still could be, achieved is far beyond our wildest dreams.

Since the birth of the computer, technology in this area has made such amazing progress so much so that many people are unaware of what exactly can be accomplished. A model of the heart can be displayed on a screen and the hearts reaction to certain drugs, can be replayed in slow motion. Compare this to an experiment on a live animal and there is no question that technology is way ahead. So why do some people still condone animal experiments? Are they afraid of progress or are they just brainwashed into believing that the old ways are the best?

This type of technology can be used in the treatment of several of the diseases that have been experienced by humans for many years. Treatments of many forms of cancer have progressed dramatically due to this concept and the alternatives are endless. Of course, there is a certain amount of scepticism in some areas because things have progressed at an alarming rate. However, it must be remembered that we must never stand in the way of progress.

One of the many benefits of taking advantage of this type of technology is its ability to aid the personalisation of medication. For a considerable period of time because all humans are different, side effects produced from the various forms of medicine has caused a certain amount of problems and hampered the healing process for a percentage of people. In some cases, the side effects have been worse than the illness itself. Now medication can be personalised. This spectacular progress has not been brought about by experimenting on animals and, as the progress continues, in the near future, animal experimentation could be a thing of the past.

Although the ability of this type of technology has replaced the use of animals in many laboratories, animals are still being used in some quarters and the sooner that this procedure stops completely, the better. Experiments carried out by computer drastically reduce the margin of error and eliminate the uncertainty that has been witnessed with so many animal experiments.

Tests carried out on monkeys with a drug to combat arthritis, were effective on the animals but resulted in the death of humans. Similarly, a drug that was tested on animals to combat heart failure was heralded a success on the animal but long term use by humans resulted in blood clots. In another situation, an early chemotherapy drug proved fatal when tested on monkeys. It has taken some time but this unreliability has been proven and it is clear that the various species respond differently to the many forms of medication. So, this being the case, how reliable is any drug that has been produced as a result of research on animals?

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