April 7th, 2022Chris Petkov, Marcello Rosa and Renee Hartig There has been a resounding no to recent efforts to phase-out animal research in Europe. As we recently reported, Switzerland voted for the fourth time to clearly reject an effort by animal rights activists to ban animal, including human, research. Nearly 80% of voters said no … Continue reading European Union update: Strong rebuttals of efforts to phase-out animal research
April 4th 2022 In a recent publication1, a team of researchers led by Marcus Jeschke at the German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ) and at the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience led by Tobias Moser at the University Medical Center described a new computerized platform that allowed marmosets to learn and perform … Continue reading Cognitive testing refinement: a computerized platform for self-paced auditory cognitive testing in common marmosets
April 1st 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo In a new study, researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism in roundworms that protects their egg cells from division errors. Uncovering and understanding this hidden mechanism could ultimately lead to new strategies for combating infertility in humans. The diversity of animals is immense with ~30 major groups and thousands … Continue reading Using Roundworms to understand mechanisms underlying human infertility
March 28th 2022 We have previously written about the value of studying various species beyond those animals that are commonly used in research—mice, rats, primates and fish. One of those species includes Predatory Marine Snails, a.k.a., cone snails. These snails are used in medical research because they have up to 250 venoms which they use … Continue reading Venomous snails pave path to new pain treatments
March 24, 2022Speaking of Research From the EU to individual countries to small municipalities in the US there appears to be a new wave of trendy legislative efforts. The general idea is a proposal to ban some aspects of research or testing that involves nonhuman animals. The ban may take the form of directly interfering … Continue reading Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?
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
March 18th 2022 In a recent letter to the US National Institutions of Health (NIH) , Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) called for the NIH “to discontinue animal experiments and find alternatives to animal testing.” They write: “As Members of Congress, we are concerned the National Institutes of Health (NIH) … Continue reading Evergreen: Statistics out of context, predictability, and utility of animal models
And How Scientists Can Effectively Communicate About It February 28th 2022 Guest Post By Naomi Charalambakis, PhDAssociate Director of Science PolicyFederation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Naomi Charalambakis, PhD It’s no secret that animal rights groups make a concerted—and often aggressive—effort to misrepresent the truth about scientific research with animals. Social media has … Continue reading Guest Post: What Animal Rights Groups Don’t Tell You About Non-Animal Models