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Anonymous Alexandra wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a scientist interested in finding cures for diseases.

  • Is it OK for me to dissect worms or mice to conduct my research according to the Bible and Catholic Church tradition?


  { Is it OK for me to dissect worms or mice for research according to the Bible and Catholic tradition? }

Bob replied:

Dear Alexandra,

Yes, there is no ethical prohibition on the dissection of animals. We are assuming that the animal is not suffering cruelty. There are some treatments of animals that are unethical, and experimentation on living animals can raise moral questions, but the Church has been hesitant to make any explicit declarations on these matters.

I think using good humane judgement is your best guide.


Bob Kirby
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