The majority of our research groups today manage without experimenting on animals. Their research questions can be answered at the level of bacteria and cell cultures or by means of simulation on the computer. The Max Planck Society (MPG) supports the development of such alternative methods. In some areas of basic biological research, however, experiments on living organisms are still irreplaceable.
Animal experiments are scientific experiments on or with living animals. Sensitivity to this topic has grown considerably — also at our institute. Today, we work mainly with mice, but also with rats, rabbits and chickens as needed. The animals are kept according to their needs as appropriately as possible for each species, with sufficient opportunities for movement and retreat.
Trained animal caretakers and three veterinarians monitor the animals’ welfare. The experiments are planned in detail according to the strict requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Welfare Experimental Animal Ordinance, approved and independently controlled by the Animal Welfare Authority of Upper Bavaria. All people involved must prove the legally required knowledge and skills.