Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

May 24, 2022 Speaking of Research is deeply troubled by recent events concerning the commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv). In brief, wide-ranging appalling animal care failures and ongoing animal welfare concerns at the facility have been documented in reports from US federal oversight agency inspections. The scope of problems described in … Continue reading Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

Animal research makes COVID-vaccines more accessible globally

March 21st 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo While some countries appear to be emerging from the pandemic, many developing countries continue to struggle to vaccinate their citizens because they have limited access to the vaccine. Now, thanks to animal research, an inexpensive, easy-to-store, and effective alternative to RNA vaccines—a protein subunit vaccine—may be on the horizon. The researchers … Continue reading Animal research makes COVID-vaccines more accessible globally

#Brain Awareness Week: The Role of Animals in Neuroscience

March 17, 2022 If you’re a regular reader of the Speaking of Research science blog you will know that we are very interested in neuroscience – in fact several of us are neuroscientists – so you won’t be surprised to learn that we have been following events of Brain Awareness Week.  Brain Awareness Week is … Continue reading #Brain Awareness Week: The Role of Animals in Neuroscience

Australian state parliament conducts inquiry about use of animals in research-your views are needed!

February 28th 2022 In news from Down Under, the parliament of New South Wales (Australia’s most populous state) has called for an “Inquiry into the use of primates and other animals in medical research in New South Wales”.  The inquiry is being run by the Health portfolio of the upper house (Legislative Council; equivalent to … Continue reading Australian state parliament conducts inquiry about use of animals in research-your views are needed!

Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters

The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective, but also have limitations: their efficacy can wane without a booster shot, and they may be less effective against some variants. Now, scientists have developed a more targeted vaccine that, in animal studies, shows stronger, broader, and more durable protection in a single, low dose. … Continue reading Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters

Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

November 17th 2021 Allyson J. Bennett & Jeremy D. Bailoo Imagine that your pet dog contracted an infection that caused fatigue, fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. And then imagine that a vaccine was available to help make sure that your pet—or your children, your parents, members of your community, even yourself— did not contract … Continue reading Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

#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