May 21, 2014 | Pippa

Dementia is a terrible disease that I never want to have. But how do scientists decide the best way to study it?

Animal rights advocates think scientists should focus on human-based research methods. They say animals are too different to humans for animal research to be useful.

I think it's important to explore every avenue of research even if, regrettably, this involves experiments with animals. As long as it's well regulated, I think the potential of curing dementia outweighs concerns about animal research.

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Human research methods used to study dementia examine stem cells and human brain scans.

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