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.

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

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

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

Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?

March 24, 2022Speaking of Research  From the EU to individual countries to small municipalities in the US there appears to be a new wave of trendy legislative efforts. The general idea is a proposal to ban some aspects of research or testing that involves nonhuman animals. The ban may take the form of directly interfering … Continue reading Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?