William Delaney Certified Educator Steinbeck wanted to write about the hard lives of itinerant farm workers in Caifornia in the s. He had to show the way they lived on the road and the way the lived when they were able to get jobs on the ranches that dominated the huge central valley of California.
Messenger Throughout the era of modern medicine, animals have been used extensively to develop and test therapies before they are tested in humans. Virtually every medical therapy in use today — including drugs, vaccines, surgical techniques, devices such as pacemakers and joint prostheses, radiation therapy — owes its existence, at some level, to animal experiments.
Animals have played a pivotal role in countless life-saving discoveries in the modern era. For example, in crude experiments in the s, dogs were injected with extracts made from the pancreases of other animals, which led to insulin therapy for human diabetes. Much more recently, genetically modified mice were used to develop revolutionary cancer immunotherapy drugs, such as that credited with curing advanced melanoma in AFL footballer Jarryd Roughead.
They tell us how a drug is absorbed and spread around the body in a living animal and how it affects the targeted, and other, tissues. They also tell us how the body processes and eliminates a drug — for most drugs, this is primarily done by the liver and kidneys. These studies help decide whether to progress the drug to human trials and, if so, what a reasonable starting dose for a human might be.
However, because of species differences, something that is effective and safe in an animal might not be so in a human. Unlike traditional chemotherapies, there were no apparent side effects and the tumours developed no resistance to the treatment.
Mass media outlets heralded a miracle cancer Why is of mice and men, but Folkman knew that what happens in the laboratory often fails to translate to the bedside.
If you have cancer and you are a mouse, we can take good care of you.
The compound, endostatin, went on to human trials and was well tolerated in patients. Not every drug that works in animals will have the same effects in humans. And with very good reason. A review looked at studies where medical interventions were tested on animals and whether the results were replicated in human trials.
It is safe to assume that less-cited animal studies in lesser journals would have an even lower strike rate. Another review found the treatment effect benefit or harm from six medical interventions carried out in humans and animals was similar for only half the interventions.
That is, the results of animal and human trials disagreed half the time. Costs of failure The mismatch between animal trials and human trials can cause big problems.
Developing a drug to the animal trial phase is already incredibly expensive, but taking it to human clinical trials adds enormous cost, often tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.
If a promising drug fails to impress in human trials, it can mean a lot of money, time and effort wasted. But far more problematic is a drug that seems safe in animal trials, but turns out to be unsafe in humans.
The consequences can be tragic. For instance, thalidomide a drug to treat morning sickness does not cause birth defects when given to pregnant rats and mice, but in humans it caused an international epidemic of birth defects, including severe limb malformations, in the s and s.
Remind me again, what is thalidomide and how did it cause so much harm? More recently, a drug designed to treat leukaemia, TGNwas tested in monkeys — in many senses the closest laboratory model to humans — and was well tolerated. Within hours, they were in an intensive care unit with multiple organ failure.
They only narrowly escaped death. Another drug, fialuridinedeveloped to treat people with hepatitis B, tested well in mice, rats, dogs, woodchucks and primates.
But a subsequent human trial in caused seven people to develop liver failure. Five died and the other two were saved through liver transplants.
Mice and men differences So, why do human and animal drug trials sometimes disagree so spectacularly? It boils down to the way the body absorbs and processes the drug and the way the drug affects the body.
Often these processes are the same or very similar across species, but occasionally they are different enough that a substance that is benign in one species is deadly in another.
Similarly, a cat that ingests even a small amount of paracetamol is a veterinary emergency, as cats lack the liver enzymes required to safely break down paracetamol. Instead, they convert it to a chemical that is toxic to their red blood cells. Hindsight has taught us where the human and animal differences lie for thalidomide, TGN and fialuridine, too.
Rats and mice not only break down thalidomide much faster than humans, but their embryos also have more antioxidant defences than human embryos. The drug binds more strongly to the human immune cells and triggers a rapid release of massive amounts of chemicals involved in inflammation.
So fialuridine effectively switches off the power supply to human cells, causing cell death.
This transporter is not present in any of the five test animal species, so the drug did not affect their mitochondria. Despite the shortcomings of animal models, and the profound ethical questions around subjecting animals to suffering for human benefit — an issue that concerns all researchers despite their commitment to improving human well-being — animal experimentation remains an invaluable tool in developing drugs.
The challenges, and indeed the obligations, for medical researchers are to use animals as sparingly as possible, to minimise suffering where experimentation is required and to maximise their predictive value for subsequent human trials.John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a parable about what it means to be human.
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This screen adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic novel is a harsh, fantastic film that took the wind out of me with its frank and brutal depiction of desperation and longing. In Of Mice and Men, George kills Lennie to spare him from a painful death at the hands of the mob.
When the men on the farm discover that Lennie has killed Curley’s wife, they set out to find. And that’s why I’m ambivalent about Of Mice and Men falling out of the ALA’s top 10 most challenged books.
For two decades, it held that dubious honor, and if the book is challenged less frequently in recent years, I’m less inclined to believe that this is the result of people coming to their senses. Of Mice and Men is a American drama film based on the play based on the novella of the same title by American author John Steinbeck, and starring Burgess Meredith, Betty Field and Lon Chaney Jr.
The supporting cast features Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen, Bob Steele and Noah Beery Jr. The film tells the story of two men, George and his mentally-challenged partner Lennie, trying to.