#MPAR Dissolvable pacemaker developed #InAnimals

June 29th 2021 The news agencies are all abuzz with the recent medical breakthrough of a dissolvable pacemaker (e.g. here, here, and here). We have yet another medical breakthrough thanks to #AnimalResearch, but as can be seen from those reports,  news agencies persist in deemphasizing the vital role that research with animals played. We therefore … Continue reading #MPAR Dissolvable pacemaker developed #InAnimals

#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The post-Wakefield fallout

Originally posted April 24th 2019, Updated April 28th 2021. In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout of this fabrication―the birth of the modern “anti-vaxxer” movement―continues to exert its influence on public health to this day. Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The post-Wakefield fallout

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

April 14th 2021Kelsey Lewis, Allyson J. Bennett, Sangy Panicker, Amanda M. 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 … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Non-human animals cannot have a gender identity

Should animal testing be used to produce safe medicines for other animals?

March 31, 2021 Allyson J. Bennett, PhD and Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD Pets directly benefit from animals in testing, research, and teaching veterinary medicine. In fact, pet medicine is big business, projected to reach $12 billion by 2022. In the US alone, 67% of households reportedly have pets. Data from the 2019-20 pet owners survey … Continue reading Should animal testing be used to produce safe medicines for other animals?

A thank you and a challenge to our readers

March 19, 2021 “Speaking of Research is getting its message out. The last few months have seen a huge surge in the number of readers of our blog. Alexa Rankings now puts us as the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research website.   In 2021 Speaking of Research remains one of the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research websites. Over … Continue reading A thank you and a challenge to our readers

A small number of monkeys could help millions of people: Coronavirus vaccine testing

05/27/20 At a time when so many lives across the world have been lost to the invisible viral threat called coronavirus or SARS-COV-02, the exit strategy for nearly every country is focused squarely on a vaccine being developed. Here, we consider why vaccine candidates require testing with animals before human trials can be conducted. We … Continue reading A small number of monkeys could help millions of people: Coronavirus vaccine testing

#Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – The post-Wakefield fallout.

April 27th 2020 (originally posted 4/24/2019) In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout from this fabrication–the “anti-vaxxer” movement–continues even today. https://giphy.com/gifs/link-article-ic-10xobTbHX49uvK Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s started investigating the links between the MMR vaccination and autism, given the seriousness of … Continue reading #Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – The post-Wakefield fallout.

Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020: #VaccinesWorkforAll

April 24th 2020 It is timely, although perhaps unfortunately so, that #WorldImmunizationWeek starts today. This global public health campaign, to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world takes place each year during the last week of April. The theme this year is #VaccinesWorkforAll and the campaign focuses on how … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020: #VaccinesWorkforAll