How Can Charities Discuss Animal Research: A Guide

The Association of Medical Research Charities and Understanding Animal Research in the UK have recently jointly produced a booklet aimed at helping charities discuss the animal research they carry out or fund. So what is the guide about? This guide is designed to help medical research charities answer the questions from the public about the … Continue reading How Can Charities Discuss Animal Research: A Guide

Ebola virus vaccine developed to protect wild gorillas and chimpanzees

The current Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is a stark reminder on the need for effective therapies and vaccines for this disease, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people in West Africa in a series of outbreaks since the 1970’s. It is not just the human inhabitants of West Africa … Continue reading Ebola virus vaccine developed to protect wild gorillas and chimpanzees

Spinal cord stimulation restores monkey’s ability to move paralysed hand

Today scientists at the Newcastle University Movement Laboratory announced that they have succeeded in restoring the ability to grasp and pull a lever with a paralysed hand using spinal cord stimulation. In a study undertaken in macaque monkeys they demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to restore voluntary movement in upper limb … Continue reading Spinal cord stimulation restores monkey’s ability to move paralysed hand

The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists

I recently published a paper in EMBO reports (available free online for a few more weeks) which (among other things) looked at the factors influencing the animal rights movement, causing it to wax and wane over time. Firstly I separated animal rights groups into two general types using the term "antivivisection" to separate the "anti-research" … Continue reading The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists