Cancer Immunotherapy: A breakthrough made through animal research

The prestigious journal Science has published its top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year 2013, and top of the list is a development that promises to have a huge impact on the lives of millions of people in the coming decades – Cancer Immunotherapy. The article focuses on three particular therapies that have recently shown great … Continue reading Cancer Immunotherapy: A breakthrough made through animal research

Your Turn to Speak of Your Research…

Speaking of Research have regularly had guest posts. Scientists have different fields of expertise, and who better to get to write about a scientific field than an expert in it. The most powerful voice on this issue continues to be that of the scientist. We need more scientists to explain their research. Why do they … Continue reading Your Turn to Speak of Your Research…

EU statistics show Decline in Animal Research Numbers

The EU has just put up its Seventh statistical report (and additional detailed stats), which provides the  2011 statistics of the numbers of animals used in research (though France provided 2010 stats). It shows that since 2008 (the sixth report), the number of animals has dropped over 4%, from 12 million down to 11.5 million … Continue reading EU statistics show Decline in Animal Research Numbers

Should chimps have rights?

Steven M. Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project think so.  In Wise’s own words, chimpanzees are complex, autonomous beings that should have the basic right “to be left alone.” Seeking a court’s support for their position, the organization petitioned New York courts for writs of habeas corpus on behalf of several chimpanzees they view as … Continue reading Should chimps have rights?

Tom Regan’s War Declaration: the 25th Year Anniversary

It is not every day that a moral philosopher declares war on the work of his academic colleagues. It happened 25 years ago, on the steps of the Federal Building in Los Angeles, just a couple of blocks from UCLA. “We are here today to declare war on vivisection!” were Tom Regan’s opening words in … Continue reading Tom Regan’s War Declaration: the 25th Year Anniversary

Italian science rallies for animal research at the Mario Negri Institute.

On Saturday 30th November around 400 researchers, scientists and students met at the Mario Negri Research Institute in Milan, Italy, to take part in the “Io Sto Con La Ricerca” (I’m With Research) Convention, organized by Silvio Garattini, Director of the Institute. This Convention aimed to emphasize the importance of biomedical research to human health … Continue reading Italian science rallies for animal research at the Mario Negri Institute.

Conversation Starter? PETA’s Bus Ads on University of Wisconsin Hearing Research

As predicted, PETA’s ongoing campaign against scientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison continues, escalating this week with a striking advertisement on 100 Metro buses. The ad calls for an end to UW research aimed at better understanding how the brain processes sound. A central question is how sound arriving at both ears is combined … Continue reading Conversation Starter? PETA’s Bus Ads on University of Wisconsin Hearing Research