International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


The idea of abolishing or simplifying government regulations has a large following in Washington. As Reagan and his advisors start to prune the growth of the past twenty years, we must hope that they can distinguish between the healthy growth that provides needed support and the excessive growth that strangles necessary initiatives. However, there is one area where we need more regulation rather than less, namely, biomedical research. In calling for more regulation in biomedical research, the author notes he does not mean the imposition of external controls by allegedly ignorant and insensitive bureaucrats (although he states some outside oversight is unfortunately necessary. But instead, the experimental controls that scientists themselves are encouraged to exercise over their work. The regulation and control of experimental variables are increasingly important as the questions asked probe deeper and deeper into the subtle workings of biological systems.