#FactCheckNeeded: What irresponsible journalism fails to mention about the Forced Swim Test

January 23rd 2020 It’s tempting to say that we live in an age of misinformation, but hasn’t it always been thus? For many years false claims were expressed in books and magazines or orally, in situations where no-one could whip out a phone and fact check what they were hearing. Most of this has just jumped … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: What irresponsible journalism fails to mention about the Forced Swim Test

How Parapriacanthus got its glow back

January 15th, 2020 by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD You’ve probably never heard of the fish, Parapriacanthus ransonneti, and to be honest neither did I until I stumbled upon this recent article in Science Advances. So what makes P. ransonetti unique? P. ransonetti is a bioluminescent fish — that is, it is capable of producing and … Continue reading How Parapriacanthus got its glow back

Computer models are not replacing animal research, and probably never will

January 7th 2020 Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles The buzz is everywhere when animal research is mentioned: experiments in animals are outdated because computer models and other modern techniques are replacing them. For example, you may have heard statements like these: “Researchers have developed a … Continue reading Computer models are not replacing animal research, and probably never will

BREAKTHROUGH: Her vision was getting worse, then animal research made things clear

By Justin A. Varholick, Ph.D. As we grow older there’s an impending fear that we will slowly, but surely, begin to lose our vision. This slow loss of vision is clinically dubbed ‘low vision’ and impacts more than 39 million Americans, costs $68 billion annually in direct health care costs, and is only growing in … Continue reading BREAKTHROUGH: Her vision was getting worse, then animal research made things clear

2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine highlights the invaluable role of animal research

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to William Kaelin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Peter Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford and the Francis Crick Institute, and Gregg Semenza of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine “for their discoveries of how cells sense and … Continue reading 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine highlights the invaluable role of animal research

2019 Lasker Awards highlight the invaluable role of animal research

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

Biodiversity helps medical research: Clams and cancer, mollusks and malaria

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