The characteristic feature of Alzheimers’s disease is the presence in the brain of two different kinds of abnormal protein structures, the amyloid plaques that are formed from the amyloid beta peptide along the outside of the nerve cells, and the neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) that are formed by the tau protein inside the nerve cells. As … Continue reading Attacking Alzheimer’s disease from every angle
A better response to the "92%..." argument has been written by Robin Lovell-Badge and can be found on our website here. I thought I'd dedicate an entire post to a certain statistic which has been repeatedly misused and misunderstood by animal rights groups. 92% of drugs that test successfully in animals fail during human trials … Continue reading 92% of statistics are taken out of context…
Americans for Medical Progress, whom Speaking of Research works side by side with, have just released a fantastic new DVD which looks at the impact of animal research on veterinary medicine. The DVD follows four veterinarians; Marilyn Brown, Arnold Goldman, Lisa Portnoy and John Young, who lent their thoughts, hearts and voices in order to … Continue reading New DVD shows how biomedical research can save your pet!
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an inherited disease that affects about one in every 4,000 males born in the USA. It is caused by mutations in the DMD gene that lead to the protein dystrophin being either absent or faulty, which leads to muscle cell death, progressive muscle wasting and early death, with few patients … Continue reading Stem cell hope for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
We are sorry to learn of the death of Dr. Michael DeBakey. DeBakey was a world-renowned heard surgeon who developed the roller pump, an essential component of the life-saving heart lung machine (used during Cardiopulmonary Bypass) which propels the blood through the tubing. His pioneering work in the field of cardiology later led him to … Continue reading Dr. Michael DeBakey
Speaking of Research is going up in the world, having now made its way into the (joint) biggest Science Journal of them all (alongside Nature) - Science Magazine. You can download that SR article here. The article, in the Newsmakers section, puts Holder as this month's "mover" - reporting on his efforts to bring the … Continue reading Speaking of Research in Science Magazine
Peta (People for the Ethical Treatmet of Animals) and HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) are both trying to lay claim to the estate of the late Leona Helmsley, once dubbed the Queen of Mean. Helmsley's fortune is estimated at $5-8 billion (around 3 times the combined incomes of everyone living in Zimbabwe). Helmsley … Continue reading Peta and HSUS fight for the legacy of the ‘Queen of Mean’
It seems Peta is running out of news lately - so its front page has decided to bring back the story of mistreatment of animals at Oregon National Primate Research Center - a story which turned out to be completely false when the USDA investigated. Want proof? Here's the USDA report giving ONPRC a clean … Continue reading Peta – Out with the new, In with the old!