BBC Science Club Puts Animal Research in the Spotlight

The BBC recently launched a new TV show called Dara O Briain's Science Club. Dara O Briain is a popular Irish comedian and has been pursuing his interest in science by hosting a show discussing science (on BBC2). UK viewers can watch the full episode on iPlayer for free. In episode 1 Dara O Briain … Continue reading BBC Science Club Puts Animal Research in the Spotlight

Society for Neuroscience encourages scientists to speak up for animal research

A standing room only crowd of over 200 heard a panel of two scientists, a public relations expert and a reporter describe the whys and hows of discussing the use of animals in research (CAR) at the recent Society for Neuroscience meeting.   The panel was sponsored by the Society’s committee on animals in research and … Continue reading Society for Neuroscience encourages scientists to speak up for animal research

Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation

As a medical student in 1950 one of my patients was a boy of my age dying of kidney failure and I was instructed to make him comfortable for he would be dead in two weeks. I asked if he could have a graft of a kidney and I was told "no" and then when … Continue reading Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation

Why do we use Genetically Modified animals?

This excellent 3 minute video, produced by Understanding Animal Research, shows how the use of genetically modified animals can benefit modern medicine - in this instance, to create a method of screening for certain bacteria. We look forward to more videos from UAR. p.s. please give the video a "thumbs up" so that it can … Continue reading Why do we use Genetically Modified animals?

Has Prof. Steve Best breached ethical standards of academic conduct?

We believe academic freedom is an integral quality of institutions of higher education.  Scholars should be able to pursue their research and express their ideas freely.  We agree with the mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) which aims: to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, … Continue reading Has Prof. Steve Best breached ethical standards of academic conduct?

Threats and Hypocrisy, A Steve Best Story

We get plenty of emails from people supporting the use of animals in research. We sometimes get an email from those against. Yesterday we got an email from Prof. Steve Best. Indeed, in the last few days it appears that a number of scientists have also been receiving emails and voicemails from him. Among his … Continue reading Threats and Hypocrisy, A Steve Best Story

Hope for young cancer victims as stem cell transplantation restores functioning sperm in monkeys.

Chemotherapy plays a crucial role in treating many cancers, but unfortunately some chemotherapy has a side effect of destroying the spermatogonial stem cells that are responsible for producing sperm.  Adult men who need to undergo chemotherapy have the option of cryopreserving their sperm in order to give themselves the option of having children in the … Continue reading Hope for young cancer victims as stem cell transplantation restores functioning sperm in monkeys.