Letter: Degrees of training

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Sir: Your article, 'Cutting out the cutting up' (17 December), quoted me as saying that vivisection serves no educational purpose. Your reporter did not report me correctly.

Vivisection is a necessary part of training for some students. The point I made to your reporter was that I would not expect it to be a compulsory part of a degree course in biology.

Yours sincerely,


Head of Department

Department of Biology

University of York

Heslington, York

23 December