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UW Joins Move From Live Pigs for Med School

Until the UW School of Medicine and Public Health stopped using live pigs in its first-year physiology class last year, it was one of the last medical schools in the country still using live animals as a teaching tool.

There are only seven U.S. medical schools known to still use live animals for some lessons instead of computer or other simulations, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal rights group.

The shift away from using animals is due to a variety of reasons, but perhaps principal among them are a marked improvement in simulation technology and the challenges of housing and caring for live animals.

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