• Question: Do you do animal testing for your experiments?

    Asked by Venika to Sree on 27 Apr 2020.
    • Photo: Sreejith Radhakrishnan

      Sreejith Radhakrishnan answered on 27 Apr 2020: last edited 27 Apr 2020 11:01 pm


      Thanks for your question.
      I don’t do any experiments on animals for my research. I vaccinate stray dogs in India against rabies with a vaccine that you can buy in shops. This should help to develop immunity in these dogs so that they don’t catch rabies. But I can’t know if they’ve developed immunity without doing blood tests, so I collect blood samples from the dogs that I’ve vaccinated to look at the blood levels of antibodies (protective agents in the blood that destroy germs when they enter an animal’s or person’s body).

      I hope that answers your question, but do let me know if it doesn’t.

      Take care

      P.S. I assumed this question was from a school student, hence the extremely simplified response. I only just looked up your profile after answering the question, so apologies for the oversimplification!