The Human or the Mouse? Would You Flip a Coin?

On March 8th I debated Prof. Gary Francione at Rutgers. It was an interesting, heated but civil debate, with a somewhat anticipated outcome. In a few words, we have profound, irreconcilable differences. There is a deep, fundamental gap between the views of the vast majority of the public and anyone whose moral theory declares permissible … Continue reading The Human or the Mouse? Would You Flip a Coin?

Loving Animals…While Throwing Humans Under the Bus

Recently, the Sunday New York Times ran cover story on efforts to combat the obesity epidemic and the role of animal research in this battle. It's not surprising that those opposed to animal studies reacted. What is surprising is what they said. The organization which conducted the studies  - the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research … Continue reading Loving Animals…While Throwing Humans Under the Bus

“Successes of Antivivisection Activists” are delusions, at best

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office drew upon the recent profile of UCLA researchers by the Chronicle of Higher Education in a recent post (warning: extremist website), boasting that information in the article: validates activists' tactics and achievements in making the abuse of animals more costly and dangerous for the evil men and women … Continue reading “Successes of Antivivisection Activists” are delusions, at best

Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep

On Friday I discussed some recent developments in use of stem cells to repair spinal cord damage, but central nervous system damage is not the only cause of paralysis; every year many thousands of people become paralysed in a limb due to peripheral nerve damage. A difference between peripheral nerve damage and central nervous system damage is … Continue reading Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep

Transplanted astrocytes repair spinal cord damage in rat

A couple of weeks ago I discussed the launch of two clinical trials of brain machine interfaces designed to allow quadriplegic patients to control a newly designed prosthetic limb, during which I mentioned that scientists are also studying techniques that attempt to repair damage to spinal cords using stem cells.  Several approaches have already shown … Continue reading Transplanted astrocytes repair spinal cord damage in rat