Sometimes an exciting research finding is quickly attacked by the internet because it was done #InMice. But some of the most exciting discoveries have resulted from studies #InMice. And some things #InMice, like their lungs, hearts, livers, and bladders, are surprisingly more similar to humans than we may assume. It’s also just fun to learn … Continue reading Why study whiskers in mice? Humans don’t have whiskers
Senator Booker’s photo op with animal activist criminals
Senator Booker had a photo-op with Direct Action Everywhere, an animal activist group that wantonly promotes and engages in burglary and theft of research animals.
A recent uptick in the number of mRNA vaccines being tested in humans
After decades of heavy investment by our government and society in genetic research, we now sit at the precipice of a genetic revolution—fully eclipsing the current digital revolution. Surprisingly, the majority of mRNA therapies in human trials are targeting cancer.
Octopuses can teach us a lot
This past fall I found myself walking along the beach in the Gulf of Mexico searching for sea-shells and stumbled on an octopus at the edge of the tide. It was the first time I had ever seen the fascinating creature outside of the aquarium, and I almost instantly felt a rush of excitement. I … Continue reading Octopuses can teach us a lot
A virus is killing elephants, scientists are testing vaccines to help
February 17th 2022 Across the globe, an elephant specific virus called “elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus,” or EEHV, a herpesvirus that has killed more than 70 elephants in zoos across Europe and North America and groups of wild elephants. The virus was first documented in 1995 by a group of scientists and veterinarians at the Smithsonian’s National … Continue reading A virus is killing elephants, scientists are testing vaccines to help
PETA doesn’t think this woman deserves to see
Decades of animal research have led to restored vision in a woman who previously suffered from toxic optic neuropathy 16 years ago. PETA and WCW think she should remain blind.
Human mRNA vaccine trials in the 2010s? A history lesson in animal research
The recent mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are the first of their kind, but they weren’t created overnight. RNA itself was discovered in the 1960s. Then, basic research in the 1970s paved the way for vaccine development in the 90s, optimization in the 2000s, clinical trials for influenza and rabies in the late 2010s
The pandemic isn’t over, but a new pan-coronavirus vaccine developed with monkeys could change that
A new report from The Duke Human Vaccine Institute shows a pan-coronavirus vaccine is possible for protecting against many variants of SARS-CoV-2, including SARS-CoV-1 and bat variants.