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RSPCA endorses animal lab virtual tours

A chance for the public to experience life inside an animal research facility has been backed, surprisingly, by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The street-view-like digital tours have been created by researchers at four animal laboratories at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, the Medical Research Council’s Harwell Institute and the Pirbright Institute.

Viewers can navigate around a series of static images and video clips that show the inside of the labs and researchers and technicians at work. Videos are also available about the institutions’ approaches to animal welfare.

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