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In the harmonization of quality tests, it is clear that selection of test agents is the most important factor. Therefore, test agents adopted for the genus should not be increased aimlessly, and caution is required. Overtesting is of benefit only to testing facilities and some large-scale producers; it does not necessarily improve the quality of laboratory animals and animal experimentation, which is our objective. In the selection of test agents, I believe that additional consultation is necessary among researchers performing animal experiments, animal breeders, and testing facilities.


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