Each September the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation recognizes the contribution made by scientists and doctors to medicine by awarding prizes to those who have made outstanding contributions to our understanding of disease, and to its treatment and prevention. The list of past recipients of these awards reads as a veritable who’s who of the … Continue reading Lasker awards highlight the contribution of animal research to medical progress
Month: September 2010
Mice Help Develop Molecular Imaging of Tumors
Can you follow the structural growth and metabolic activity of a developing tumor? Such an advance would allow one to track how patients are responding to their therapies right away instead of having to wait weeks. The video shows new research in the field of molecular imaging and yet another example of how the … Continue reading Mice Help Develop Molecular Imaging of Tumors
Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine
Several reports in the news over the past week have highlighted yet again the importance of animal research to medical advances. The BBC reports that gene therapy has been used successfully to treat a patient with severe β-thalassemia. β-thalassemia is an inherited disorder caused by mutations in the β-globin chain of haemoglobin that lead to … Continue reading Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine
Speaking Up: Who Does ‘No Comment’ Work For?
It is no secret that activist groups regularly aim for mainstream news coverage by producing sensationalized and misinformed stories about laboratory animals. Like other topics in science that are generally not well understood, animal research can be a relatively easy target for misrepresentation. This is particularly true when such stories are met with little challenge … Continue reading Speaking Up: Who Does ‘No Comment’ Work For?
Herceptin: When personalized medicine and animal research meet.
Personalized medicine is very popular among medical researchers these days, and it’s not hard to see why. By tailoring treatment to fit an individual patient, for example by using information about their genetic makeup, scientists hope to make treatments more effective while at the same time avoiding or minimizing adverse effects. Anti-vivisectionist Dr. Greek writes … Continue reading Herceptin: When personalized medicine and animal research meet.