He is a former member of the UK's Animal Procedures Committee, which advises the Home Secretary on matters related to animal research.
Statistics and animals in biomedical research
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
© 2010 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 176–177, December 2010
How to Cite
Festing, M. (2010), Statistics and animals in biomedical research. Significance, 7: 176–177. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2010.00459.x
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
A UK government-sponsored review1 has found that out of 271 randomly chosen papers reporting experiments on laboratory animals only 59% stated the objective of the study and the number of animals used. Most did not use randomisation or blinding, and only 70% of the publications that used statistical methods gave their methods and a measure of error. Michael Festing, one of the authors of the review, wants better statistics in animal experiments.