#Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

February 24th 2021 Marina Emborg, MD PhD, Jeremy Bailoo, PhD and Doris Doudet, PhD Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. The population prevalence of PD increases from about 1% at age 60 to 4% by age 80. From 1999 to 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for Parkinson disease … Continue reading Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment

February 19th 2021 We are in the midst of a global pandemic—with  105.4 million cases and 2.3 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, due to decades of animal research on coronaviruses, various vaccine candidates were expedited, and their safety and efficacy profile evaluated in animals and humans. As a consequence two vaccines … Continue reading Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment

Absolutist Views Crumble As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available

February 15th 2021 Michele A. Basso, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles I am stunned. Cory Mac (full name Cory Mac a’Ghobhainn), the leader of a group called Progress for Science (P4S) either is a hypocrite, or she is ignorant of how science works, in spite of the name … Continue reading Absolutist Views Crumble As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available

Research with mice paves the way for injectable skin cancer treatment

February 11th 2021 Drug delivery with bioadhesive nanoparticles shows exceptional promise. One in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with the most common type of malignant skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma or SCC, killing 10,000 people each year1,2. Cases of skin cancer are steadily rising, and in fact, skin … Continue reading Research with mice paves the way for injectable skin cancer treatment

Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

January 26th 2021 TL:DR Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Safety and efficacy will continue to be monitored for the life of any FDA approved vaccine. There are reasonable scientific and ethical concerns which remain with respect to COVID-19 vaccines—however, the benefits of taking either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine outweigh the costs of not doing … Continue reading Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

#FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?

Faulty assumptions lead to faulty conclusions. Jeremy D. Bailoo, Sangy Panicker & Allyson J. Bennett January 12th 2021 A new entry in the seemingly eternal quest for universal adoption of European approaches to the regulation of research animals appeared today in the journal Scientific Reports. The author, US veterinarian Larry Carbone, estimates from a sample … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2020

December 31st 2020 This year has been a difficult one to say the least. Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us at Speaking of Research in major ways—with re-prioritization of time to child, elder and other care, the switch to online teaching and other major job related decisions, the experience … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2020