Now that the holiday excesses are over, are you thinking about your liver? Worried about your alcohol consumption or maybe feeling bad about all those mince pies (you know, the rich fruit pies that the Brits are so keen on)? Your liver is an incredibly complex organ made up of many different cell types working together - and it plays an important role in your well-being.
The inescapable truth is that attempting to model human diseases in non-human animals will always be problematic, and can delay progress in finding much-needed cures. And most importantly, these proposals miss the opportunity to stop throwing good resources after the bad, to focus on a transition away from the failing animal models and toward a future of effective cures.