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?
What can cats with six toes, flies with wimpy testis, fish with hips, and mice with socks tell us about how our genes work? Turns out, they – together with a cast of characters ranging from bacteria to our own species – can tell us quite a lot. In Herding Hemmingway’s Cats: Understanding how our … Continue reading Herding Hemmingway’s Cats: Book review
The following letter has been sent to the Committee Secretary of the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications regarding the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015. This proposed bill would ban the Australian research community from importing primates for use in biomedical research. The following … Continue reading Open Letter to the Australian Senate regarding a proposed bill to ban the import of primates
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) affects almost two-thirds of babies in their first year of life, and is a leading cause of bronchiolitis and severe respiratory disease in infants, young children, immunocompromised individuals, and the elderly throughout the world. It is a major cause of hospital admission for infants, and results in up to 200,000 deaths … Continue reading Cotton Rats, Calves and Clinical Trials: New RSV vaccine shows great promise.
This morning the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC) announced the results of clinical trial in 140 patients with cystic fibrosis, which demonstrate the potential for gene therapy to slow – and potentially halt – the decline of lung function in people with the disorder. It is a success that is built on 25 years … Continue reading Clinical trial success for Cystic Fibrosis gene therapy: built on animal research
Today the European Commission rejected the Stop Vivisection Initiative that sought to repeal European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and ban animal research in the EU. Today, there are effective treatments for many infectious diseases, some forms of cancer, and several chronic diseases such as diabetes. These advancements would … Continue reading European Commission rejects Stop Vivisection Initiative
This morning many news outlets, including the BBC, covered a very promising development in lung cancer therapy; the successful clinical trial of the cancer immunotherapy Nivolumab in 582 patients with advanced lung cancer. While the extension of survival was modest in most patients, it is to be remembered that these were patients with advanced lung … Continue reading Lung cancer immunotherapy, from PD-1 knockout mice to clinical trials
Yesterday a team led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in the UK announced the successful transplant of a non-beating donor heart to heart failure patient Huseyin Ulucan, the first time such an operation has been performed in Europe. Current practice is for donor hearts are obtained when the donor has … Continue reading Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!