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

Evergreen: Statistics out of context, predictability, and utility of animal models

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

Guest Post: What Animal Rights Groups Don’t Tell You About Non-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

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!

White Coast Waste in Hot Water

February 25th, 2022 The Daily Beast reported yesterday that the notorious anti-animal research group, White Coat Waste Project (WCWP), is under scrutiny for illegal activity. WCWP is a conservative organization that spearheaded a misinformation campaign against Dr. Anthony Fauci last fall, as reported in The Washington Post in November. WCWP also has strong connections to … Continue reading White Coast Waste in Hot Water

Swiss overwhelmingly reject anti-animal research legislation

February 15th 2022 Switzerland has rejected, for the fourth time since 1985, a ballot initiative that would ban animal testing. Nearly 80% of voters said no to the motion (popular initiative). The percentage of voters opposed was higher than previous votes, including: 1985 (70% against), 1992 (56% against) and 1993 (72% against). We join others … Continue reading Swiss overwhelmingly reject anti-animal research legislation

Bans and borders: Switzerland’s referendum on animal research

February 11th 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo, Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda Dettmer, Justin Varholick & Sangy Panicker Switzerland is, for the fourth time, about to vote on the banning of animal testing. The previous three votes reflected a majority that were against the initiative: 1985 (70% against), 1992 (56% against) and 1993 (72% against). The Swiss are … Continue reading Bans and borders: Switzerland’s referendum on animal research

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