In a ceremony at the University of Leicester today City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby opened the new Central Research Facility, marking the beginning of a new era for animal research there. Speaking at the ceremony, the Mayor welcomed the University’s investment, saying: The University of Leicester has a well-deserved, worldwide reputation for its pioneering research, which … Continue reading University of Leicester shows how it’s done as new animal research facility opens
It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the University of Wisconsin following an aggressive media campaign by PeTA suggesting photos of animal studies are "proof" of abuse, while the university responded point-by-point. Now that both sides have had their say, how does the university move forward? In a recent article, the student newspaper, The … Continue reading PeTA has Nothing to Offer
Eighteen days ago we announced the formation of the Science Action Network, in conjunction with Understanding Animal Research (UAR), which aims to encourage and enable scientists to respond to animal rights misinformation across the internet. We recently wrote a post explaining why such actions are important, saying: [I]t is important to comment on these stories … Continue reading Around the Web in Eighteen Days – The Science Action Network
PeTA celebrated a victory the past week when they obtained photographs of cats that are part of medical research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work involves a small number of cats in studies that provide better understanding of hearing and that are relevant to improving treatment for human deafness. An explanation of the purpose … Continue reading Defending science and countering falsehood at the University of Wisconsin Madison
Prof. Lori Gruen gave an interesting talk this week at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on Animal Research and the Limits of Medicine. You can watch her presentation and discussion here. She appealed to those engaged in animal research to offer a more detailed explanation of how the cost and benefits of individual experiments … Continue reading Lori Gruen on the Ethical Justification of Animal Research Experiments
As gene therapy emerges as one of the hottest areas of medical research, one thing that is striking is how it employs viruses - sometimes very nasty viruses - to deliver the gene to where it is needed in the human body. Yesterday virologist Abbie Smith discussed another excellent example of this on the ERV blog … Continue reading ERV blogs on GMO Herpes vs severe cancer pain
Ten days ago we announced our Science Action Network (supported by UAR), which aims to debunk animal rights misinformation (Twitter: #ARnonsense) across the internet. Our first week has had its successes, turning one poll from 22% against to (at time of writing) 71% in favour of animal research. We've also helped direct a few extra … Continue reading Why Should We Respond to Internet Activists?
Ever since human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were first cultivated by Dr. James Thompson at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998, they have been at the centre of one of the most promising, and at times controversial, areas of modern medicine. Recently hESCs have begun to live up to their early promise, as I … Continue reading Human embryonic stem cells restore hearing in deaf gerbils