Unveiled: The Moveable Middle on Animal Research Is Larger Than We Thought

June 16, 2021 This guest post was written by Matthew R. Bailey, president; Eva Maciejewski, director of communications; and Leah Jessen, digital communication manager, Foundation for Biomedical Research The research community has a prime opportunity to educate the so-called moveable middle with facts about why animal research is necessary for medical advancements, polling data show. … Continue reading Unveiled: The Moveable Middle on Animal Research Is Larger Than We Thought

Call for scientific journals to adopt accurate language about the sex of nonhuman animals

May 21, 2021 In light of the simple fact that nonhuman animals do not have gender identity, we call on scientific journals to adopt a simple policy that ensures accuracy in publications.  One line is all that is needed. "Articles about nonhuman animals should specify animals' species as well as their sex; authors should not … Continue reading Call for scientific journals to adopt accurate language about the sex of nonhuman animals

Does animal research produce cures?

May 4th 2021Allyson J. Bennett and Marcello Rosa The answer to this question is yes.  So why do some groups and individuals opposed to animal research and testing argue no? Simply put, the answer to the question depends on where you focus  in the timeline of scientific advances that lead to medical progress. If you … Continue reading Does animal research produce cures?

Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications

April 22nd 2021Allyson J. Bennett, Jeremy D. Bailoo, Justin Varholick COVID-19 vaccines do not contain eggs or animal products, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).  This bit of information appears on the NHS website along with responses to other frequently asked questions. The UK’s Kirlees Council has a graphic to match: While the … Continue reading Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications

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

Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?

March 11, 2021, Allyson J. Bennett, PhD Recent media coverage of Catholic leaders’ endorsement of COVID vaccines provides an interesting model for thinking about public information and decisions concerning the use of nonhuman animals in research and testing for medical products and treatments. First, the situation illustrates why accurate information and understanding of how medicines … Continue reading Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?

June 10th #ShutDownSTEM

Scientific research is a human endeavor that succeeds best when the community of individuals who undertake it are diverse in thought, life experience, and expertise, and when the community of researchers welcomes each individual into an inclusive environment that encourages them to thrive. Sadly, however, research institutions are not free from the systemic racism and … Continue reading June 10th #ShutDownSTEM