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Medical Advances through Animal Research

A sample of medical advances and breakthroughs achieved through the use of animals in research.
Note:
This list is not comprehensive.

Year

Medical Advancement

Animal credited

1796

Smallpox vaccine developed

Cow

1881

Anthrax vaccine developed

Sheep

1885

Rabies vaccine developed

Dog, Rabbit

1902

Lifecyle of Malaria discovered

Pigeon

1919

Immunity mechanisms discovered

Rabbit, Horse, Guinea Pig

1921

Insulin discovered

Dog, Fish

1932

Neuron function discovered

Cat, Dog

1933

Tetanus vaccine developed

Horse

1939

Anticoagulants developed

Cat

1954

Polio vaccine developed

Mouse, Monkey

1956

Open-heart surgery & pacemakers developed

Dog

1964

Cholesterol regulation discovered

Rat

1973

Social & behavioral patterns in animals discovered

Fish, Bee, Bird

1982

Leprosy treatment developed

Armadillo

1990

Organ transplant techniques advanced

Dog, Pig, Sheep, Cow

1997

Prions discovered & characterized

Hamster, Mouse

2000

Brain signal transduction discovered

Sea Slug, Mouse, Rat

2002

Cell death mechanism discovered

Worm

 

Source:
"The Proud Achievements of Animal Research", Foundation for Biomedical Research - 2003

 

 
 
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