BU debates on use of humans for clinical trials

BU debates on use of humans for clinical trials
The literary club of Bennett University- Cerebrum, organized a debate competition which revolved around the topic- Should humans be used instead of animals when it comes to clinical trials?

“Humans are not a subject of experimentation. This would lead to harmful effects on human life which can scar their life forever,” said Prabhav Khandelwal , a first-year School of Management student who was against the motion.

The motion got strong support as students label drug testing on humans ethical

Rupanshi Chitransh , a first-year Times School of Media student strongly supported the motion and labelled testing on humans as ethical.

“When we talk about experiments, we are not talking about torture or Nazi experiments. It is always a voluntary participation and the person is not forced to surrender to experiments in any way,” she added.

“For testing cosmetics and other such products artificial skins could be used,” said Aryan Lala, a first-year School of Management student, while bringing a new point to the discussion.

He also suggested lab testing of drugs as a safer method to test drugs as it would not harm the animals in any case.

Students strongly oppose drug testing on humans

“There are a lot of prisoners who are given lifetime imprisonment. Such criminals can be used a subject matter for testing drugs,” said Gaurav , a third-year School of Engineering student, while speaking in favor of the motion.

Rishabh Mishra, a third-year School of Engineering student and the secretary of Cerebrum expressed his thoughts at the end of the debate while opposing the motion. He pointed out how we will dig a pit for our own selves if we start using humans as a subject matter for clinical trials.

“It is better to use animals than putting our human species at stake,” he added.

“Hybrid breed of animals could be used for conducting such tests as they would be more immune to side effects than the normal species,” said Harshit Mansukhani, a second-year Times School of Media student, when the stage was thrown open for the audience to voice their opinions.

The debate ended with Nikhil Kapoor, a core team member of the club, thanking all the participants for participating and giving such informative insights. He also encouraged everyone to participate in such debates as it would not only help them in developing public speaking skills but would also ignite a special love for debating.

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