Medicine: Animals to the Rescue

Into Boston's Gardner Auditorium last week marched an oddly assorted procession of scientists, politicians and dogs. The occasion: a legislative committee hearing on a bill to make stray animals, unclaimed after 20 days in the pound, available to medical-research laboratories. For Massachusetts, though boasting in the Boston area one of the nation's most productive medical-research centers, is bound by a law which requires that stray animals be gassed. As a result, medical researchers are forced to buy animals which may be stolen pets, or to import them from other states, at considerable cost...

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