Canada Releases 2013 Animal Use Statistics

Our statistical releases continue. Last week the Canadian Council on Animal Care released its report on the number of animals used in Canada for scientific purposes. The CCAC is an independent oversight body that oversees the ethical use of animals in research. They also develop guidelines and promote training programs to ensure that all individuals … Continue reading Canada Releases 2013 Animal Use Statistics

Why are zebrafish such good models for scientists?

Today's guest post comes from Alex Buxton from the University of Cambridge, based on her interview with Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan about her research on zebrafish. Prof Ramakrishnan's research into immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Cambridge is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. This article was originally posted … Continue reading Why are zebrafish such good models for scientists?

Can Cell Lines Replace Animal Research?

Teresa Romeo Luperchio is a graduate student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is currently working as a FASEB Office of Public Affairs Fellow. In this post Teresa tackles the difficult question of why cell lines could not replace all animal studies.   A common theme in alternatives to animal testing is that tissue … Continue reading Can Cell Lines Replace Animal Research?

Spain publishes animal research statistics for 2014

Edited on 5th June 2016 to reflect the Spanish Government's minor revision of its statistics. In the last two weeks we have provided animal research statistics for Switzerland and Finland. Now Spain joins our statistical analysis as it released its 2014 statistics for the number of animal research procedures (for research and testing). Overall, 821,570 … Continue reading Spain publishes animal research statistics for 2014

Dangerous and Irresponsible: PETA attempts to intimidate NIH Director Francis Collins

PETA campaigns are rarely benign, from misrepresenting science to glorifying violence against women and scientists. Their latest campaign, reported yesterday by Science Insider, is no different. PETA have sent hundreds of letters to the neighbors of both NIH Director, Francis Collins, and world renowned researcher, Dr. Stephen J. Suomi, as part of a long running … Continue reading Dangerous and Irresponsible: PETA attempts to intimidate NIH Director Francis Collins

Preventing neuronal death: the future of stroke therapy

In neurological research the importance of neuronal death is well known, as are its implications for the normal functions of your brain. Many serious neurological conditions, such as stroke, epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Chorea, are a direct consequence of this type of neuronal death, which determines the clinical … Continue reading Preventing neuronal death: the future of stroke therapy

Switzerland releases 2014 animal research statistics

[16.11.15] The statistics in this post have been corrected. Previously we showed figures from studies completed in the last quarter. Here are the official 2014 statistics.  Earlier this week we focused on Finland's animal research statistics, now we move 1,000 miles south west to Switzerland.  We have translated the Swiss National Statistics on animal research, … Continue reading Switzerland releases 2014 animal research statistics