Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Dr. Paul Tar is a research associate at the University of Manchester. In this guest post Paul explains the interdisciplinary journey taken between his PhD, in the analysis of planetary images, and current research post, in cancer studies. In this post he discusses how machine learning used to make measurements in space can also be … Continue reading Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Recent news indicates that the Ebola virus is spreading throughout the northern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including one case in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1 million. Many people will remember the outbreak in 2014 that led to more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa. In efforts to curb a new outbreak, the … Continue reading Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Israel reports large rise in number of animals used in research in 2017

New statistics released by the Ministry for Health's Council for Animal Experimentation showed that the number of animals used for research and testing on animals in 2017 was 1,238,178. This represents a 144% rise as compared to 2016. The rise is primarily due to a five-fold increase in fish used (they had previously risen fourteen-fold … Continue reading Israel reports large rise in number of animals used in research in 2017

Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 6.9-10.0% of people and usually arises from damage to the nervous system. The mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain are complex and different than those causing acute pain and inflammatory pain, thus requiring a different therapeutic approach. Unfortunately, the majority of people with neuropathic pain do not … Continue reading Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity

Rise in animal research in South Korea in 2017

The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of South Korea has released its animal research numbers for 2017. We spoke to the Animal Protection & Welfare Division and have been able to get a translated copy of these figures. The tables below were produced by the APQA, and we thank Dr Moon for providing these figures. For more information … Continue reading Rise in animal research in South Korea in 2017

Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

Ten years ago, we launched Speaking of Research to provide the science community with an opportunity to stand up and defend the important role of animals in medical, veterinary and scientific research. Over the past decade, an ever-increasing audience of scientists, clinicians, animal care staff and members of the public have supported that cause. At … Continue reading Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

France, Italy and the Netherlands publish their 2016 statistics

Three major European bioscience countries have belatedly published their 2016 statistics (note that the Czech Republic became the first EU country to publish their 2017 statistics last week) - France, Italy and Netherlands. For national statistics of almost forty countries from 2012-2017, check out our newly updated Historical Statistics page, or see our Worldwide Statistics … Continue reading France, Italy and the Netherlands publish their 2016 statistics

Animal numbers in Czech Republic rise 0.6% in 2017

Editors Note: In previous years' reports in the Czech Republic, we reported the number of procedures on animals (as required by the EU). We now believe we were mistaken and that while our figures were correct, they refer to numbers of animals, rather than procedures.  The first set of 2017 statistics of the year are … Continue reading Animal numbers in Czech Republic rise 0.6% in 2017