Don’t let PeTA bullies control the direction of medical research, education and training

What do you know?  PeTA is at it again. This time their rage is directed at “RoboRoach” — a science project aimed at introducing students to sensory neurophysiology and brain-machine interfaces. Backyard Brains is selling an experiment for educational purposes that illustrates one of the fundamental scientific tools that allow us to restore function in patients … Continue reading Don’t let PeTA bullies control the direction of medical research, education and training

Do your Share – Animal Research Education

School visits about animal research have usually been the domain of animal rights groups like HSUS and PETA, however a new program is set to challenge that. Scott Dobrin and Elizabeth Burnett, with the support of Americans for Medical Progress’ Michael D. Hayre Fellowship, have built a program for schools which aims to address the … Continue reading Do your Share – Animal Research Education

Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Reversing the damage

April 28th 2020 TL:DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate and confront your fears! Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies, in the end claiming that the MMR vaccine causes autism–and with a personal gain of (~674,000 USD). Since then, millions of dollars, which could otherwise have been spent … Continue reading Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Reversing the damage

Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research

March 4th 2020 As reported in The Guardian, “the escape of three baboons involved in research has sparked renewed calls for greater transparency in medical testing on animals in Australia.” The baboons have been spotted! Details shortly on #9News. #BaboonWatch #SydneyBaboons 📸 – Michael Tran pic.twitter.com/Ww7uqc6n2R — Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) February 25, 2020 The … Continue reading Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research

International Bias: Enough is Enough

February 4th 2020 Despite nationalistic tendencies and international bias being ever present on the political scene, they have no place in science or scientific discourse. Science works best with fewer/no borders because it embodies objectivity (based on evidence rather than perceptions). Therefore, social and other media bias against the quality of science and the animal … Continue reading International Bias: Enough is Enough

Strategy by the numbers: How to ban dog research and testing in the US and why it would be bad for public health

January 21, 2020 The council of Richland Center, a small US city in Wisconsin, recently voted in favor of an ordinance thought to be the first in the country to ban breeding and possession of dogs and cats for research or experimentation within their city. As we wrote last week, there also doesn’t appear to … Continue reading Strategy by the numbers: How to ban dog research and testing in the US and why it would be bad for public health

#FactCheckNeeded. A closer look at exaggerated claims about US bill and animal research impacts

January 17th 2020 In late December headlines appeared suggesting that the US has passed legislation to significantly compromise the use of animals in federally-funded research. For example: “Federal spending bill includes historic effort to curb government animal tests” — Washington Examiner “Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded. A closer look at exaggerated claims about US bill and animal research impacts