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When studying monkeys in a reserve solely maintained for the purpose of protecting the insanely high endemic biodiversity and number of wasps and bees living therein (because, yes, such things exist), the ways in which one may be stung are infinite in their variety. These include:
1) While literally running after monkeys down a hill so steep you’re doing that frak-my-legs-can’t-catch-up-with-my-momentum kind of run. You’re mainly concerned with dodging trees (as you very well should be), but you should also watch out for the three wasp nests you’ll hit on the way down. At face level. It is the wet season, after all.
8 stings. Mainly on the face and arms.
2) While slowly, deliberately crossing a river on precarious stones, until the monkeys attack the fire wasp nest 20 meters above your head. And then continuously inside your shirt and hair as you run alongside the river. And then STILL in your hair even though you’re completely submerged in said river, because you really should have worn a hat today, stupid. It is the dry season, after all.
23 stings. Mainly on the scalp and neck, but also on your torso and arms.
3) While cleaning the trail with your machete. DO NOT INSTINCTIVELY SWAT IT AWAY WITH YOUR MACHETE.
1 sting. On the upper lip. And a really close call with that machete, you ass.
4) While just standing there, minding your own business. And you’d better run this time, because these particular bees are Africanized. And they’ll follow you for a kilometer. And they won’t stop stinging. And the buzzing is terrifying and low. And this can happen every day because the killer bees interbred with the local bee farmers’ hives. Because invasive species are life ruiners.
14 stings. Mainly on the face, neck, and hands. But that’s pretty lucky, because your field partner got 78 and had to go to the hospital.
So if you’re studying monkeys in a reserve solely maintained for the purpose of protecting the insanely high endemic biodiversity and number of wasps and bees living therein, and you hear a buzz, don’t just stand there…
As a biologist, I’m all-too-aware of the ethical muck surrounding animal experimentation. No one, literally no scientist I know, enjoys having to resort to harming mice or rabbits or any other animal in the name of research. But many of us are charged with the task of improving the health and well-being of humans. Simply put, for many biological models, we haven’t had a good alternative to using animals (despite what many opposition groups claim).
The rule of thumb has always been to use animal research only where absolutely necessary, and then to do it humanely and minimally. New technologies may finally be providing honest, quality alternatives to using animals in experimentation.
We aren’t talking about simple cells in a petri dish. Those are no closer to an animal system than a potted plant is to a forest. These new technologies include synthetic tissues and organs, engineered complex cell culture systems, non-invasive and safe human testing, and even computer models.
Of course, we have decades of experience and regulations about how animal models are used to better medicine, and before we start designing drugs using a computer we have to test the bejeezus out of these new technologies. Most aren’t quite ready to be truly useful in medicine as it applies to a full human body, and none of them are perfect. But the fact is that animal research isn’t perfect either, and the results don’t translate as well as we would hope. To put it another way, the animal models may have as many errors and shortcomings as some of the new technologies.
(One of the jokes I tell my biology students is that if you were a mouse, getting cancer would be no big deal … we’ve cured it lots of times. Last time I checked, that wasn’t the case for humans.)
I’ve never been anti-animal testing in the purest sense, because we have gained many insights from it that we wouldn’t have otherwise. And we will continue to, for the near future. But I have always looked forward to a time when animal experiments won’t be completely necessary, and it looks like we are getting closer to that day. I recommend reading the linked article, to get informed about where we are headed, and what remains to be done.