We were lucky enough to host Dr. Lynne Boxer, Veterinary Medical Officer with the FDA, in our class this week, and we heard from Dr. MA McCrackin last week. We also got to have a bit of reflection on Tuesday.
Class participants can choose one of the prompts to follow this week (or you can weave both together):
1) How would you explain to a non-expert the ways in which animals and products/devices for animals are treated or used in the context of regenerative medicine? How do you explain the regulatory bodies, concerns about animal welfare, and the distinctions between species and types of animals? (You can talk specifically about one type of animal if that simplifies this question into something answerable in comment-format.)
2) What has you thinking from this week or last? We’ve learned a bit more about the realities of working with animals in research and practice in terms of regulation. Have you considered what experiments are feasible or not? Have you thought about how different regulations for different species works out? I heard some of you start to voice these thoughts on Tuesday before technical difficulties derailed things, and I wanted to open some space for you to keep exploring.