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Scientists to review ‘forced swim test’ in UK research

UK government commissions advice on controversial method after animal rights concerns

The UK government has commissioned advice on the use of a controversial “forced swim test” in scientific studies.

The method, which is used to test the efficacy of antidepressant drugs, involves placing a rodent in a container of water from which it cannot escape. Scientists then measure the time it takes for the animal to stop trying to escape and instead float in the water.

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