The Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine in the U.S. Awarded annually, these awards given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation serve to “shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science.” The … Continue reading 2019 Lasker Awards highlight the invaluable role of animal research
7/24/19 Although the majority of animal research is done with mice or rats, expanding the biodiversity helps medical research. I have previously written about predatory marine snails in medical research. Here I would like to discuss some other marine creatures. A few weeks ago, I found myself in Cedar Key, Florida; The #1 Producer of … Continue reading Biodiversity helps medical research: Clams and cancer, mollusks and malaria
July 19, 2019 Last week we wrote about US legislative and other efforts that address research with nonhuman animals, particularly that conducted by federal agencies. Together those efforts have generated several federally funded workshops, panels, and committees over the past several years. Scientists, policymakers, advocates, and bioethicists have talked, written, and otherwise participated in discussions, … Continue reading A roadmap for a public discussion of the ethics of animal research
July 7, 2019 Recent campaigns targeting nonhuman animal research in the US have illustrated how strategies and groups that are old, new, and convergences of the two can affect science and the public that benefits from new knowledge and advances in science and medicine. We’ve written about a number of these issues over the years, … Continue reading What’s Happening with Campaigns and Legislation Aimed at US Animal Research
June 21, 2019 Recent news about monkey sanctuaries, combined with a couple of legislative efforts narrowly targeted at animals in research at federal agencies, have stimulated media coverage and other discussions about the when, why, and how of research animal retirement. The stories have in common a feel-good and “why not?” flavor. The general subject … Continue reading Monkeys, research, retirement, and public interests: Fact and relevant considerations
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD 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 otherwise … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – Reversing the damage
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout from this fabrication--the “anti-vaxxer” movement--continues even today. https://giphy.com/gifs/link-article-ic-10xobTbHX49uvK Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s started investigating the links between the MMR vaccination and autism, given the seriousness of the … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – The post-Wakefield fallout.