In this Q&A post, we visit with Jordana Lenon, B.S., B.A., the outreach specialist for the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jordana reaches her 20th anniversary working at the Primate Center this year. Here, she reveals how different her job is … Continue reading Interview: How our outreach experiences have changed!
At the end of last year, the Animal Justice Project and Djurrättsalliansen Animal Rights (AR) groups hit the news once again by organizing an online petition to stop pre-clinical trials of a new malaria vaccine on 24 monkeys that are currently at the Astrid Fagraeus Laboratory (AFL), part of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. This … Continue reading Animal Justice Project misleading public over Swedish malaria study
Part 1 of a 4-part series in which a scientific researcher, Dr Amanda Dettmer, describes her entry into the world of legislation and public advocacy. It is important that the scientific community, and the scientists themselves, engage with science policy - policy makers are regularly courted by animal rights groups, and it is important that … Continue reading Dr. Dettmer Goes to Washington
Speaking of Research have long urged research institutions to improve the information they provide online about their animal research. It helps the public understand how and why such research goes on, as well as reduces the number of questions an institution needs to answer by making such information readily available. In 2015 we began collating … Continue reading Animal research and the University of Edinburgh: What does openness look like?
Editor's Note: Poland made errors by including observations of fish larvae in their annual statistics. This accounted for over 400,000 fish being erroneously being added to the first publication of the statistics. We have now received the corrected version and the article below has been corrected. (May 4th 2016) In the last two months we have seen … Continue reading Belgium and Poland release latest animal research statistics
March 1st marked the end to NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly’s 340-day space mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The overall goal of Kelly’s mission was to study behavioral and physiological effects of prolonged exposure to space in order to better understand how NASA can better prepare for a mission to Mars. Recent media has … Continue reading Scott Kelly and Beyond: How rodents are being utilized by NASA and the ISS
The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, NVWA) have produced statistics showing the number of procedures carried out on animals in 2014. The total number of procedures carried out on animals in 2014 was 563,769 procedures, up 25% from 2013. Mice, rats, birds and fish are the most commonly used animals, … Continue reading The Netherlands publishes their 2014 animal research statistics
Do sharks get cancer? Despite the widely touted myth that sharks do not develop cancer, fish of all species do occasionally develop spontaneous tumours. This is of course also true for the most common of laboratory fish, the zebrafish. In this article, I will give you a brief overview of how the unique properties of … Continue reading How zebrafish help advance cancer research