September 7th 2022 Scientists, educators, and students are returning to school this month. Across university campuses, researchers welcome the next generation of scientists as they continue studies to advance knowledge and contribute to society by delivering new understanding of the universe. For some scientists and educators this means research to understand health and disease, with … Continue reading Scientists reject PETA’s blithe disregard for human rights
August 26th 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo Did you know that the study of animals often leads to a host of other applications beyond cures for humans? One field in particular, that of bio-inspired designs, often receives far less attention than it should—but is an amazing example of how the study of animals can lead to the … Continue reading The study of animals and bio-inspired designs
August 25th 2022 Gallup recently released their annual poll of Americans on moral issues, covering a wide range of topics including animals research and testing. Similar to past years, 52% of Americans view testing and research on animals as morally acceptable. (This contrasts with other uses of animals: 60% view buying or wearing clothing made … Continue reading Context matters-2022 Gallup poll
August 2nd 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo It is now over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and, to date, 6.4 million people have died as a consequence of contracting the disease. In the space of one year, vaccines were developed and their safety and efficacy evaluated and demonstrated. This shorter time frame for vaccine … Continue reading Animal research and our future with COVID-19
July 25th 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo I remember quite clearly watching the movie, Concussion, and thinking how amazingly accessible the material was to the public. It took complex principles of Biology and Physics, and highlighted how dangerous one American pastime, football, was to the brains of the individuals who played it. It also was a good … Continue reading Concussions: What do woodpeckers have to do with it?
July 23rd 2022 It was not so long ago (1950) that the lack of a polio vaccine led to debilitating developmental defects in our population. Because of decades of research to develop the oral polio vaccine, children today know nothing of the fear that polio brought to the United States every summer well into the … Continue reading The first US polio case in over a decade
July 1st 2022 If you are a follower of Speaking of Research (SR), you would probably know from our animal use statistics pages that rodents are the most widely used animal research model. If you are not a follower of SR, please sign up for updates on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Rodents are … Continue reading What are humanized mice? Wait, what?
June 30th 2021 The United Kingdom reports a wealth of information every year on its use of animals in research. Every animal procedure must be categorized according to the overall purpose (and specific disease area or regulatory purpose if relevant), the genetic status of the animals and the severity of the procedure. Historically, Great Britain … Continue reading The UK releases animal use statistics for 2021