Air India supports medical research

In recent years a growing threat to medical progress in many countries has been the refusal of many airlines to carry animals that are destined for medical research. In August Eric Raemdonckdiscussed on this blog how important is for scientists to work together to safeguard medical progress by supporting laboratory animal transport.   In September … Continue reading Air India supports medical research

New gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases a step closer thanks to ONPRC

Mitochondria are fascinating. These tiny organelles that reside within almost all of the cells in our bodies (mature red blood cells being an exception) generate the supply of a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the principle source of energy that cells, and ultimately ourselves, need to survive. They also have an intriguing evolutionary … Continue reading New gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases a step closer thanks to ONPRC

Statistically Speaking the UK Counts Too

As Speaking of Research becomes increasingly active both sides of the pond we have had an increase in visitors wishing to find UK based statistics. They can now rest assured that such information is available on the UK Statistics page (subsection of Facts). As a result we have renamed our US Statistics page (although the … Continue reading Statistically Speaking the UK Counts Too

Prof. Steven Best gets a taste of his own medicine… and doesn’t like it

“Every motherfucker who hurts animals is gonna feel the fear!”  The words come courtesy of Dr. Steven Best, from the Philosophy Department at the University of Texas, El Paso, in the YouTube video below. Among the “motherfuckers” one will find a medical scientist searching for cures to terrible diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, a … Continue reading Prof. Steven Best gets a taste of his own medicine… and doesn’t like it

Public Opinion and the Importance of Transparency in the UK

The UK has a long history of animal rights activism and many might expect the public to be a difficult crowd to win over. However over the years the British public have expressed overwhelming support for the use of animal experiments for medical purposes. In 2010 90% were conditional acceptors (that is agreeing with medical … Continue reading Public Opinion and the Importance of Transparency in the UK

ScienceWhiskers tells the story of the mighty mouse

ScienceWhiskers is a blog dedicated to the “scientific contributions of the mouse.” The blogger, highlights a wide range of topics. Recent examples include how the brain controls eating behavior to a study that may point the way to a male contraceptive pill. It’s a relatively new blog. An entry dated August 10, 2012 welcomes readers … Continue reading ScienceWhiskers tells the story of the mighty mouse

PeTA tries to save face… and fails.

During the past month the University of Wisconsin responded to an aggressive media campaign by PeTA suggesting photos of animal studies they obtained are “proof” of violations of the Animal Welfare Act. PeTA filed complaints with the USDA and the National Institutes of Health demanding an investigation.  The university responded point-by-point to PeTA complaint stating … Continue reading PeTA tries to save face… and fails.