"They'd have you believe otherwise," is a comment often heard when discussing animal research.

Who "they" are depends on who you're talking to — animal rights groups or researchers.

The former group argues that laws governing animal research protect animals from mistreatment while benefitting researchers. The latter group says that greater restrictions on animal research have already hurt the research community and, in turn, advcances in health care. The chances of finding a "happy medium" between the groups look slim. Each argument on the one side is matched by a counter-argument on the other, with assertions that the other side isn't telling the real or the whole story.

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