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Unbridle biomedical research from the laboratory cage

  1. Garet P Lahvis  Is a corresponding author
  1. Oregon Health and Science University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e27438 doi: 10.7554/eLife.27438


Many biomedical research studies use captive animals to model human health and disease. However, a surprising number of studies show that the biological systems of animals living in standard laboratory housing are abnormal. To make animal studies more relevant to human health, the animals should live in the wild or be able to roam free in captive environments that offer a natural range of both positive and negative experiences. Recent technological advances now allow us to study freely roaming animals and we should make use of them.

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  1. Garet P Lahvis

    Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, United States
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  1. Sarah Shailes, eLife, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: April 7, 2017
  2. Accepted: June 26, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: June 29, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 10, 2017 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record updated: July 20, 2017 (version 3)


© 2017, Lahvis

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