The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA

The FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, made a statement last week that claimed animal welfare concerns had led to his agency’s decision to end a primate research project aimed at better understanding nicotine addiction in adolescents. However, details revealed in the project documents that were also released by the agency last week raise doubts about the … Continue reading The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA

Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  announced yesterday that it terminated a study investigating the effects of nicotine in monkeys.  This announcement, which was accompanied by the release of many records and documents related to the animals’ care, is troubling for many reasons.  Among them, it again raises questions about oversight and decision-making. Nicotine … Continue reading Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

Research Roundup: First cloned monkeys born this week, using microbubbles and ultrasound to cure diseases and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: First cloned monkeys born this week, using microbubbles and ultrasound to cure diseases and more!

2018: The Year the Readers Started Writing?

We had another record year at Speaking of Research, with web traffic up 30% compared with the previous year. Our viewers range from scientists, to students, to curious members of the public. Many of our readers are actively involved in biomedical research, as researchers, animal technicians, veterinarians, science writers and more. This post is aimed … Continue reading 2018: The Year the Readers Started Writing?

Research Roundup: two breakthroughs in our understanding of prostate cancer, promising vaccination against TB and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: two breakthroughs in our understanding of prostate cancer, promising vaccination against TB and more!

Does size matter? Evaluating the space requirements for laboratory mice.

Mice are the most commonly used laboratory animal – comprising approximately 70% of all animals used for research. Despite their widespread use, surprisingly little is known about how the behavioural biology of mice relates to the social and physical conditions of the laboratory environment. A team of researchers, from the Division of Animal Welfare at … Continue reading Does size matter? Evaluating the space requirements for laboratory mice.

Research Roundup: Deep sea crustaceans and cancer treatments, freeze drying organs for later transplantation and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Deep sea crustaceans and cancer treatments, freeze drying organs for later transplantation and more!