The promise of Open Science is that it will lead to more reliable, more efficient, and more relevant research. How do these ideals relate to animal research? What is the added value of the Open Science approach in the context of studying for example behavior, pathology, and biomedical processes using laboratory animals? And what are the practical implications of Open Science for your research?
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José Borghans is professor of Quantitative Immunology at the UMC Utrecht. Working closely with colleague Kiki Tesselaar, she does fundamental research on immunological memory. Ultimately the aim is to find better treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease and psoriasis. In her field, animal experiments are currently impossible to get around. In this interview she talks about the route to better science using fewer animals, as well as the use of wildling mice.