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Home Office statistics announced (2012)
We reflect with a blog post commenting on the statistics and a factsheet on the use of GM mice
16 July 2013
Today the Home Office released their annual statistics showing the number of scientific procedures using living animals in Great Britain in 2012. The statistics showed an increase in the use of genetically modified (GM) mice.
This increase is part of a decade long trend involving GM mice. In 2002 the stats reported a total of 709,979 procedures involving GM mice, the figure reported today puts the use last year at just under 1.75 million - an increase of 152%.
The NC3Rs has taken this opportunity to produce a factsheet outlining the history of the use of GM mice, issues surrounding the breeding of these animals, and case studies of important work being undertaken in the field to apply the 3Rs.
Technologies to genetically modify mice represent both a challenge and an opportunity to the implementation of the 3Rs, and NC3Rs is leading the way.
Commenting on the release of the 2012 statistics, Dr Robinson noted that:
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