Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

May 24, 2022 Speaking of Research is deeply troubled by recent events concerning the commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv). In brief, wide-ranging appalling animal care failures and ongoing animal welfare concerns at the facility have been documented in reports from US federal oversight agency inspections. The scope of problems described in … Continue reading Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

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.

VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

May 17, 2022 As an update to our February 24, 2022 post describing a precedent-setting lawsuit that IACUC members at the University of Washington (UW) filed against UW for protection from the anti-animal research group PETA, Speaking of Research is pleased to report that a federal judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. … Continue reading VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

Evergreen: #WorldImmunizationWeek

May 1, 2022 In our third year enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of World Immunization Week, celebrated each year during the last week of April, is as clear as ever. Last year, we wrote about a series of topics for #WorldImmunizationWeek, which we're re-posting this year because the same issues persist: Vaccines Work: Vaccines … Continue reading Evergreen: #WorldImmunizationWeek

Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

April 29, 2022 Each April a group of people committed to ending all use of animals for any purpose, including medical and scientific research, orchestrate events for a week they designate World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL). Among the primary objectives of WWAIL is to generate media coverage via picketing and protests. The event … Continue reading Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

What is failure?  Shelved cancer treatment becomes first effective AIDS/HIV treatment

April 28, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Jeremy D. Bailoo, Sangy Panicker 1964.  Lead scientist, Jerome P. Horwitz, working on new cancer treatments developed azidothymidine in 1964. Their work was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI, Grant #’s CY-5943 and CA-02903), one of the institutes within the publicly-funded US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  It … Continue reading What is failure?  Shelved cancer treatment becomes first effective AIDS/HIV treatment

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

VICTORY! UC Davis wins lawsuit filed by PETA

A Yolo County Superior Court judge ruled on January 11, 2022, to protect the research enterprise from PETA following a years-long battle in the courts. UC Davis is one of the few institutions to have stood by its decision to protect its researchers from such tactics, and is thought to be the only entity to … Continue reading VICTORY! UC Davis wins lawsuit filed by PETA