Baosheng Chen

                                            Presenting a toy to Henry

Dr. Chen is a Scientist in the Nelson Lab at Washington University's School of Medicine He obtained his Ph.D. at the Peking Union Medical College in China, where his research focused on the mechanisms underlying esophageal cancer.  His current studies focus on understanding problems that occur during human pregnancy by studying the placentas of mice subjected to hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. 

I was able to visit Dr. Chen in his lab at Washington University to discuss his beliefs around using animals for research and the impacts that experiments have on the animals and on the humans involved as well. 

Dr. Chen's most marked characteristic is kindness - in this conversation his sensitivity to animals as companions, wild creatures and innocent residents of our world is as evident as his belief that continued use of animal models will be essential to progress in certain types of research. Dr. Chen and my father, Frederick Kraus, are both members of this lab, which explains why Dr. Chen refers to my father in this interview.

Interview Excerpts

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Human Power and the Justifications For Using Animals In Research 

Drawing Lines Among Species Who All Appear to Suffer

Considering the Choice to Use Animals as Models Instead of Humans and Protections for Laboratory Animals

Animals Dr Chen Would Not Be Comfortable Using for Experiments

On Dr. Chen's Motivation to Research Human Diseases and Current Experiment Using Mice

Rationale For Experimenting On Animals 

Using Rats to for a Company Producing an Energy Drink

Alternatives to Using Animals and Need for Animals In the Future