Is a molecule in brain fluid the fountain of youth?

June 3rd 2022 The search for a fountain of youth has haunted humans since the beginning of time. Now, researchers from Stanford University reported in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature1, that older mice receiving cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) from younger mice had their memory impairment reversed. Through a series of rigorous experiments spanning behavioral, cellular, and … Continue reading Is a molecule in brain fluid the fountain of youth?

Evergreen: Puberty blockers are (still) all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?

June 1, 2022 Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 Nearly a year ago, we wrote about the animal-research origins of puberty blockers and the lifesaving potential for these treatments for gender-diverse adolescents. With the wave of anti-LBGTQ legislation across states in recent weeks and months, including Florida's "Don't say gay" law and Alabama's banning of gender-affirming healthcare … Continue reading Evergreen: Puberty blockers are (still) all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?

Kudos for clear communication

This post serves to recognize media outlets that clearly communicate the role of animal models in research advances. We will update it as we are able when new pieces are published. June 2, 2022 The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) continues its clear reporting of animal-based research with the article, "Maternal Sleep Apnea in … Continue reading Kudos for clear communication

Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

May 24, 2022 Speaking of Research is deeply troubled by recent events concerning the commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv). In brief, wide-ranging appalling animal care failures and ongoing animal welfare concerns at the facility have been documented in reports from US federal oversight agency inspections. The scope of problems described in … Continue reading Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

A recent uptick in the number of mRNA vaccines being tested in humans

After decades of heavy investment by our government and society in genetic research, we now sit at the precipice of a genetic revolution—fully eclipsing the current digital revolution. Surprisingly, the majority of mRNA therapies in human trials are targeting cancer.

VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

May 17, 2022 As an update to our February 24, 2022 post describing a precedent-setting lawsuit that IACUC members at the University of Washington (UW) filed against UW for protection from the anti-animal research group PETA, Speaking of Research is pleased to report that a federal judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. … Continue reading VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

Evergreen: #WorldImmunizationWeek

May 1, 2022 In our third year enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of World Immunization Week, celebrated each year during the last week of April, is as clear as ever. Last year, we wrote about a series of topics for #WorldImmunizationWeek, which we're re-posting this year because the same issues persist: Vaccines Work: Vaccines … Continue reading Evergreen: #WorldImmunizationWeek

Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

April 29, 2022 Each April a group of people committed to ending all use of animals for any purpose, including medical and scientific research, orchestrate events for a week they designate World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL). Among the primary objectives of WWAIL is to generate media coverage via picketing and protests. The event … Continue reading Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research