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

European Union update: Strong rebuttals of efforts to phase-out animal research

April 7th, 2022Chris Petkov, Marcello Rosa and Renee Hartig There has been a resounding no to recent efforts to phase-out animal research in Europe. As we recently reported, Switzerland voted for the fourth time to clearly reject an effort by animal rights activists to ban animal, including human, research. Nearly 80% of voters said no … Continue reading European Union update: Strong rebuttals of efforts to phase-out animal research

Cognitive testing refinement: a computerized platform for self-paced auditory cognitive testing in common marmosets

April 4th 2022 In a recent publication1, a team of researchers led by Marcus Jeschke at the German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ) and at the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience led by Tobias Moser at the University Medical Center described a new computerized platform that allowed marmosets to learn and perform … Continue reading Cognitive testing refinement: a computerized platform for self-paced auditory cognitive testing in common marmosets

Using Roundworms to understand mechanisms underlying human infertility

April 1st 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo In a new study, researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism in roundworms that protects their egg cells from division errors. Uncovering and understanding this hidden mechanism could ultimately lead to new strategies for combating infertility in humans. The diversity of animals is immense with ~30 major groups and thousands … Continue reading Using Roundworms to understand mechanisms underlying human infertility

Elephants in the room:  Openness in public vs private research facilities in the US

March 30, 2022Allyson J. Bennett & Sangy Panicker Openness and transparency in animal research are perennial topics of discussion (ex:  here, here, here). The terms remain poorly defined. Nonetheless, they are often used both by those opposed to animal research and by advocates for animal research. The terms are used for both praise and criticism … Continue reading Elephants in the room:  Openness in public vs private research facilities in the US

Venomous snails pave path to new pain treatments

March 28th 2022 We have previously written about the value of studying various species beyond those animals that are commonly used in research—mice, rats, primates and fish. One of those species includes Predatory Marine Snails, a.k.a., cone snails. These snails are used in medical research because they have up to 250 venoms which they use … Continue reading Venomous snails pave path to new pain treatments

New report on scientists “In the line of fire”

March 25, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer  In a new report, Science writer Cathleen O'Grady provides a thought-provoking look at abuse directed at scientists. Her report focuses on COVID-19 scientists and includes stunning new survey data.  O'Grady connects the dots to other areas of science, like animal research and climate change, where scientists … Continue reading New report on scientists “In the line of fire”