March 21st 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo While some countries appear to be emerging from the pandemic, many developing countries continue to struggle to vaccinate their citizens because they have limited access to the vaccine. Now, thanks to animal research, an inexpensive, easy-to-store, and effective alternative to RNA vaccines—a protein subunit vaccine—may be on the horizon. The researchers … Continue reading Animal research makes COVID-vaccines more accessible globally
And How Scientists Can Effectively Communicate About It February 28th 2022 Guest Post By Naomi Charalambakis, PhDAssociate Director of Science PolicyFederation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Naomi Charalambakis, PhD It’s no secret that animal rights groups make a concerted—and often aggressive—effort to misrepresent the truth about scientific research with animals. Social media has … Continue reading Guest Post: What Animal Rights Groups Don’t Tell You About Non-Animal Models
February 28th 2022 In news from Down Under, the parliament of New South Wales (Australia’s most populous state) has called for an "Inquiry into the use of primates and other animals in medical research in New South Wales”. The inquiry is being run by the Health portfolio of the upper house (Legislative Council; equivalent to … Continue reading Australian state parliament conducts inquiry about use of animals in research-your views are needed!
February 25th, 2022 The Daily Beast reported yesterday that the notorious anti-animal research group, White Coat Waste Project (WCWP), is under scrutiny for illegal activity. WCWP is a conservative organization that spearheaded a misinformation campaign against Dr. Anthony Fauci last fall, as reported in The Washington Post in November. WCWP also has strong connections to … Continue reading White Coast Waste in Hot Water
February 17th 2022 Across the globe, an elephant specific virus called “elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus,” or EEHV, a herpesvirus that has killed more than 70 elephants in zoos across Europe and North America and groups of wild elephants. The virus was first documented in 1995 by a group of scientists and veterinarians at the Smithsonian’s National … Continue reading A virus is killing elephants, scientists are testing vaccines to help
February 15th 2022 Switzerland has rejected, for the fourth time since 1985, a ballot initiative that would ban animal testing. Nearly 80% of voters said no to the motion (popular initiative). The percentage of voters opposed was higher than previous votes, including: 1985 (70% against), 1992 (56% against) and 1993 (72% against). We join others … Continue reading Swiss overwhelmingly reject anti-animal research legislation
The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective, but also have limitations: their efficacy can wane without a booster shot, and they may be less effective against some variants. Now, scientists have developed a more targeted vaccine that, in animal studies, shows stronger, broader, and more durable protection in a single, low dose. … Continue reading Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters
December 15th 2021 An experimental HIV vaccine based on mRNA—the same platform technology used in two highly effective COVID-19 vaccines—shows promise #InMice and #InMonkeys, according to scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Their results, published in Nature Medicine, show that the novel vaccine … Continue reading mRNA HIV vaccine shows promise #InMice #InMonkeys