February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?
February 19th 2021 We are in the midst of a global pandemic—with 105.4 million cases and 2.3 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, due to decades of animal research on coronaviruses, various vaccine candidates were expedited, and their safety and efficacy profile evaluated in animals and humans. As a consequence two vaccines … Continue reading #Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment
April 28th 2020 (originally posted 4/25/2019) TL:DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate and confront your fears! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqAvg21S_mg Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies, in the end claiming that the MMR vaccine causes autism--and with a personal gain of (~674,000 USD). Since then, millions of dollars, which could … Continue reading #Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Reversing the damage
April 26th 2020 (originally posted 4/23/2019) In our previous post, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy. So how did we get a point in our history where people fail to see the value of getting vaccinated? As a thought exercise, imagine that you lived … Continue reading #Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal
April 25th 2020 (originally posted 4/22/2019) In light of #WorldImmunizationWeek we are doing a series of posts which highlight facts pertaining to vaccine production, and how safety and efficacy is assessed (part 1). We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to that … Continue reading #Evergreen: Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020 – Vaccinations, how and why they work.
It’s March 12th 2020. We are facing an emergent health threat in the coronavirus, COVID-19. Officially declared a pandemic, with 118,326 confirmed cases and 4292 deaths global fear and uncertainty is increasing. Last night, a travel ban was placed on all those travelling to the US from Europe, again highlighting the seriousness of this threat. … Continue reading #Evergreen: 2012. Animal Rights Bingo
It’s early September, the start of another academic year. Another year in which scientists, particularly those who engage in responsible animal research, will wonder whether their institutions have their backs. I recently was reminded by my university’s public affairs office about its standing policy to not include animals in the titles of science articles, and … Continue reading Evergreen: 2017. Research institutions have a moral responsibility to defend their research programs and scientists
In this first “Evergreen” post we revisit our article from 5 years ago in which we announced our rating system and the results of our survey of websites by universities, companies, and health research funders. In that post we describe what makes a good public facing statement and website to share information about animal research. … Continue reading Evergreen: 2014. Speaking of Research develops rating system and growing list of animal research websites