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This Web site was created by the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Academies, based on the National Research Council report Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (2009).

About the National Academies
The National Academies—the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council—provide a public service by working outside the framework of government to ensure independent advice on matters of science, technology, and medicine. They enlist committees of the nation’s top scientists, engineers, and other experts—all of whom volunteer their time to study specific concerns. The results of these deliberations are authoritative, peer-reviewed reports that have inspired some of the nation’s most significant efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of the population.

About the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
The mission of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) is to evaluate and disseminate information on issues related to the scientific, technological, and ethical use of animals and related biological resources in research, testing, and education. Using the principles of refinement, reduction, and replacement (3Rs) as a foundation, ILAR promotes high-quality science through the humane care and use of animals and the implementation of alternatives. Through the reports of expert committees, the ILAR Journal, web-based resources, and other means of communication, ILAR functions as a component of the National Academies to provide independent, objective advice to the federal government, the international biomedical research community, and the public.

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