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

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

December 31st 2021 This year has been another difficult year for everyone. Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us at Speaking of Research one way or another—including with re-prioritization of time to child, elder and other care, the switch to and challenges of online teaching and major job related delays … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

mRNA HIV vaccine shows promise #InMice #InMonkeys

December 15th 2021 An experimental HIV vaccine based on mRNA—the same platform technology used in two highly effective COVID-19 vaccines—shows promise #InMice and #InMonkeys, according to scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Their results, published in Nature Medicine, show that the novel vaccine … Continue reading mRNA HIV vaccine shows promise #InMice #InMonkeys

Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

December 8th 2021Meeraa Ramakrishnan and Renée Hartig The importance of animal research has long been recognized in the field of advancing treatments for human diseases, yet some are still against it. But if research in animals, specifically dogs, could lead to better treatment options and lives for the dogs themselves, would people still disagree? Over … Continue reading Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

November 22nd 2021Professor Christopher Petkov & Renée Hartig, PhD This article is a part of our series on #MPAR and the animal research required for vaccine development to fight Covid-19 and other diseases. Maartje Bakker, a journalist from the Netherlands, has won a prestigious science journalism award from the Kavli Foundation and the American Association … Continue reading Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine