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Bill would prohibit Hopkins from using pigs to train doctors

Bill would prohibit Hopkins from using pigs to train doctors

A bill that would stop Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from using animals in medical training will get a hearing in Annapolis Thursday.

The legislation in the House Health and Government Operations Committee would prohibit any medical school in the state from using live or dead animals in training if there is an alternative method that is used by at least one other medical school in Maryland. Violations could lead to a $1,000 fine per animal.

Hopkins is the only medical school in the state, and one of two across the nation, that still uses animals in training. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Chattanooga campus also uses animals,...

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