Michael Balls

There is a commonly held view that the protection of transgenic animals does not raise specific concerns and is adequately covered by existing controls on laboratory animal production and use, and that the transfer of genes among species, which is said to be a naturally occurring event in any case, does not involve any particular moral dilemmas. I do not share that opinion, nor did the authors of the ECVAM workshop report on The Use of Transgenic Animals in the European Union,1 which contained 39 conclusions and 14 recommendations, and is reproduced in full in this special issue of ATLA.
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