Science, Culture, and Care in Laboratory Animal Research: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the history and future of the 3Rs
Science, Technology, and Human Values
SAGE Publications for Society for Social Studies of Science
© The Author(s) 2018.
The need to refine, replace and reduce the use of animals in laboratories—the 3Rs concept” —strongly influences discussion and regulation of this contested area of technoscience. This special issue looks back to the origins of the 3Rs concept through five papers that explore how it is enacted and challenged in practice, and that develop critical considerations about its future. Three themes connect the papers in this special issue. These are (1) the multiplicity of roles enacted by those who use and care for animals in research; (2) the distribution of “feelings that matter” across species and spaces of laboratory animal practice; (3) the growing importance of “cultures of care” in animal research.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Wellcome Trust, which enabled these conversations to begin through a small grant [grant number 104339/Z/14/Z, 2014-2015] and continue in a collaborative award [205393/C/16, 2017-2022].
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from SAGE Publications via the DOI in this record.
Published online 13 February 2018.