Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

April 19th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov Although we have been focusing on updates on Covid-19 vaccines and their reliance on research with nonhuman animals including primates (as an example post see here), two other developments focusing on treatments for AIDS and Zika fever have caught our eye. These fall under the topic #MPAR, Made Possible by … Continue reading Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

Biomedical Research Awareness Day 2021 #BRAD2021

Today we want to amplify the efforts of Americans for Medical Progress in their sixth national Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD). BRAD was developed by Dr. Logan France through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach and was celebrated in a virtual format due to the pandemic, yesterday. It is an initiative committed to … Continue reading Biomedical Research Awareness Day 2021 #BRAD2021

#Evergreen: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

April 16th 2021 We have continued to highlight the valuable role that #AnimalResearch plays in bringing improvements to quality of life and life saving cures from bench to bedside (e.g., here, here, here). We also have continued to emphasize the process of science as a self-correcting endeavor, and that this is a feature not a … Continue reading #Evergreen: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

#FactCheckNeeded: Non-human animals cannot have a gender identity

April 14th 2021Kelsey Lewis, Allyson J. Bennett, Sangy Panicker, Amanda Dettmer, Jeremy D. Bailoo & Justin Varholick A group of individuals, many of them self-identified as being opposed to animal research, recently signed an open letter to the Associated Press asking that animals with unknown sex be assigned "he/she" or "they" gender pronouns. These individuals … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Non-human animals cannot have a gender identity

#MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

April 12th 2021 On Friday April 9th, various news agencies (e.g., here) were abuzz with reporting of Elon Musk’s Neuralink. Twitter exploded with comments and re-tweets and the video example has been viewed over 4.7 million times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=rsCul1sp4hQ It is obvious that NeuraLink involves animals and it is a clear example of how basic research … Continue reading #MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

#Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

April 9th 2021 In February, we wrote about how progress in Parkinson's disease depends on nonhuman primate research. In March, we highlighted another breakthrough in Parkinson's disease, #MPAR, in nonhuman primates. And, in March again, we highlighted a breakthrough procedure in nonhuman primates, for paralyzed humans. Earlier this week, committee member Professor Chris Petkov wrote … Continue reading #Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

Shocking news? Why scientists stimulate the brain and the importance of animal research

April 5th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov There is a misconception often propagated by individuals or organizations that do not see much benefit to animal research. They would have the public believe that scientists shock an animal’s brain for little to no good reason. This claim is not true and we encourage you to call it out … Continue reading Shocking news? Why scientists stimulate the brain and the importance of animal research

#Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

April 2nd 2021 In the last few weeks we have detailed the irresponsible behavior of those opposed to animal research during the pandemic and the hypocrisy of their rhetoric now that vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization—thanks to over a decade of animal research as well as in safety and efficacy testing. We also wrote about how recent media coverage … Continue reading #Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out