You never know where you will encounter an ethical dilemma. This article discusses how scientists are making significant progress toward phasing out animal experimentation by using cells from neonatal (human) foreskins instead of animals in their research. In many, if not most respects, this capability represents a tremendous leap forward. Experimentation on animals results in the gruesome mistreatment and death of millions of animals annually (rats and mice are not even covered by the inadequate protections afforded other animals under the Animal Welfare Act) (see also here).
However, routine circumcision of infants is itself a highly problematic endeavor. Consequently, substituting the one for the other is less a solution than a step along what one hopes will be a path toward a scientific method that does not rely on the suffering of any being at all.
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