Experimental verification of Chloroxoethylcaine

Description of the Project

We have hypothesized a local anesthetic called Chloroxoethylcaine and through testing the potential of the Chloroxoethylcaine , we are determining the effectiveness as a local anesthetic. In this experiment, we are going to use a fancy rat (Rattus Norvegicus) since rats are genetically similar to human beings. We took the precautions of making sure that the rat is in good physical condition and well take cared of, as well as having clean and safe equipment for the protection of the rat. We are carrying out our experiment at our High School under the supervision of the head of the science department who has a degree in education and science. After the science project is finished, one of us will take the responsibility of keeping care of the rat as a pet.

Ruling

We much appreciate the time and care taken by the  Regional Science Fair to properly evaluate this project.  Thank you for your commitment to ensure that all science fair projects meet the ethical requirements of Youth Science Canada.

Rats are vertebrates, and so are subject to Policy 4.1.2 Use of Animals in Research which is available here:  http://youthscience.ca/policy/use-animals-research

Section 8 says, in part:

Vertebrate animals are not to be used in any science fair projects, with the following four exceptions.  The fourth exception Section 8.1.4 is relevant in this case.  It states:

Projects involving animal experimentation may be conducted under the supervision of research personnel employed by a University, Hospital, Government Organization or Agency, or Industrial Laboratory and where the animal experimentation has been pre-approved by a Scientific Review Committee (SRC or equivalent) in the institution employing the supervisor(s). A copy of the Letter of Approval from the SRC must be included in the documentation submitted to the Chief Judge, CWSF. All projects so approved are eligible for the Canada Wide Science Fair or other event held under the auspices of Youth Science Canada, and do not need further approval by the Ethics Committees of either the Regional Science Fair or Youth Science Canada.

This is an experimental project that is taking place in school, and so falls outside the projects allowed using vertebrate animals.  This project is not eligible to participate in either a Regional Science Fair or the Canada Wide Science Fair.