Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) are a group of lethal inherited neurodegenerative disorders in humans and many animal species. Critical reflections on a range of ethical issues concerning NCL have been instigated by my research on sheep and cattle affected with NCL, the claim that these sheep and cattle are useful models for the disease in humans, and engagement with families and support groups. My reflections on moral status of animals and validity of animal models are outlined in this paper.
"Animal models for human disease – reflections from an animal researcher’s perspective,"
Between the Species:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol15/iss1/3