Animal Research Could Have Helped Star in Prominent TV Show

The benefits of animal research are everywhere, even on television dramas.  They serve as reminders of how far mankind and science has come to help treat disease and improve life.  One instance was highlighted by the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) in an episode of the critically acclaimed PBS show, Downton Abbey.  The show, which has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, follows a fictional set of characters living in a 1920’s estate in Yorkshire, England called Downton Abbey.

One of the characters, Lord Grantham, learns that he has a stomach ulcer after suffering from mysterious chest pains.  That ulcer later bursts but Lord Grantham survives after surgical intervention.  The condition, known as a peptic ulcer, is well understood today and effectively treated thanks to biomedical research with animal models.  Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and H2 blockers such as Tagamet were brought to fruition thanks to mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, and monkeys.  Even the surgery that Lord Grantham was portrayed to have benefitted from was refined using animal models.

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