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Johns Hopkins medical students will no longer train on live animals

Johns Hopkins medical students will no longer train on live animals

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced Wednesday that it has abandoned the use of live pigs to train students, joining all but one other U.S. medical school in forgoing a practice that’s long been criticized by animal rights activists who consider it unnecessary in the age of computer simulation.

While Hopkins officials maintained the remaining four-session surgical training course that used anesthetized swine was popular among third and fourth year students, they said it was no longer essential to train “the best doctors in the world.”

“The latest task force to examine the pros and the cons and the ethics decided that the bar has to be...

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