Problems With Treatment of Research Animals Persist at UC-San Francisco

Seven years ago the university agreed to pay the federal government $92,500 to settle allegations that its researchers had violated rules governing the care of animals used in laboratory research. But The San Francisco Chronicle reports that incidents of mistreatment have persisted since then, with inspectors citing the university for problems including contaminated conditions and poor monitoring of some animals. A spokeswoman said the university “takes very seriously the care and use of the animals it studies,beginning with ensuring that as few animals as possible are used in research.”

Asked why problems persist, French said that “failures to follow policies, guidelines and protocol can occur” at large medical or research programs. Considering its size, UCSF has had few incidents, she said.

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