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.
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In our previous post, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy. So how did we get a point in our history where people fail to see the value of getting vaccinated? As a thought exercise, imagine that you lived in … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In light of #WorldImmunizationWeek we are doing a series of posts which highlight facts pertaining to vaccine production, and how safety and efficacy is assessed (part 1). We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to that movement … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – Vaccinations, how and why they work.
Over the past week, two national news stories have nicely illustrated the distressing (and at times, depressing) state of science reporting. The most recent headlines appeared on Wednesday when researchers announced they had developed a method for preventing the brain from rapidly decomposing in the early hours after death. Here’s a link to the press … Continue reading Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become