It really hurts the scientific community's arguments that animal research saves lives. How can it when you can't rely on it?
Sounds like some researchers are just making a ton of money off this thing. It's more fuel for opponents.
How come so much animal research is second-rate? The reason so much poor quality research has endured for so long is down to politics.
The sad truth is that in the understandable scramble to present a unified front on animal research, the scientific establishment has been reluctant to be critical of its own troops in the face of vicious opposition.