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Animals have been used in biomedical and behavioral research for many years and the data that is collected from this research has been the foundation of multiple discoveries worldwide.

How are humans and other animals similar?

Animals have provided information about disease pathology and physiology, or the way that diseases change the body and the mechanism by which those changes occur. In particular, mice are used for biomedical research to study disease pathology in humans because mice are very similar to humans. In fact, mice share 85% protein-coding sequence homology to the human genome.

Mice used in animal research provided by Jackson Laboratories
Agouti (left) and C57BL/6 (right) mice with different coat colors.
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What percentage of medical research uses animals?

Almost 100% of medical discoveries utilize animals for research findings in the preclinical testing phase of biomedical and behavioral neuroscience research.

Why are animals used in behavioral neuroscience research?

In behavioral neuroscience research, animal testing through behavioral assays and apparatuses provides an understanding of the complexities of behavior and relating this to genetic, pharmacological, and environmental changes.

Here at Centre Scientific, we design and build fully customizable mazes, apparatuses, cages, and equipment for behavioral neuroscience research in any animal model. Check out our products or ask for an estimate for your customized project. Learn more about how animals are used in research in our references below.


  1. National Research Council (US) and Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on the Use of Laboratory Animals in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Use of Laboratory Animals in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1988. Executive Summary.
  2. FBRadmin. (2018, November 28). Why We Use Animals in Research.
  3. Why Mouse Matters. (n.d.).
  4. Why Do Scientists Use Animals in Research. (n.d.).
  5. Guidelines for the treatment of animals in behavioural research and teaching. Animal Behaviour. Volume 53. Issue 1. 1997. Pages 229-234. ISSN 0003-3472, https://doi.org/10.1006/anbe.1996.0293.

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