Closed minds: the media and animal research

12 June 2014

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After years of intimidation from animal rights extremists, researchers are becoming more open about the use of animals in research. As recently reported in these pages, more than 70 scientific organisations, including universities, charities, research councils and learned societies, have now signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research. It commits researchers to explaining when, why and how animals are used, and to enhance communications with the media and public about animal research. But a story splashed across the front page of the Daily Mirror last week brought home the fact that openness is not a one-way street: it also requires a responsible press, writes Adrian Deeny (UCL Biological Sciences) in THE.