Effective therapies already exist; why do we need to conduct further research?

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Fortunately, many successes in the treatment of diseases have been achieved in recent decades. Nevertheless, effective therapies are still unavailable in many areas. For instance, the increasing resistance to antibiotics necessitates the development of new antibacterial ingredients.

Further research is also still needed to study the many ways cancer develops. Although treatments, and even vaccines, are available for many forms of cancer, some of these treatments are associated with marked, dose limiting side-effects for patients, or fail to achieve a complete cure.

Not enough is known about many neurological or mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia or depression to be able to cure them. Animal testing helps to identify disease mechanisms and to advance therapy approaches and address unmet medical need.