Originally posted at Sex Matters
Rat brains (and behavior) may be interesting, they may provide excellent cocktail party discussion, but they cannot tell us anything conclusive about humans. It’s pure speculation, and quite often, it fails to tell us anything at all.
Because animal brains (and bodies) are not human brains (and bodies). End logic.
If brain structure differs this plainly between species, then surely brain function does as well.
Seriously. How many cats have you encountered with gender dysphoria or BIID? That’s what I thought. Animal research– neuro and otherwise– creates dangers untold when applied to complex human problems. More discussion on this controversial scientific method here.
And just to be data-driven about it, here is a list of animal drug test results that ended up hurting humans: