Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

December 31st 2021 This year has been another difficult year for everyone. Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us at Speaking of Research one way or another—including with re-prioritization of time to child, elder and other care, the switch to and challenges of online teaching and major job related delays … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

mRNA HIV vaccine shows promise #InMice #InMonkeys

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

Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

December 8th 2021Meeraa Ramakrishnan and Renée Hartig The importance of animal research has long been recognized in the field of advancing treatments for human diseases, yet some are still against it. But if research in animals, specifically dogs, could lead to better treatment options and lives for the dogs themselves, would people still disagree? Over … Continue reading Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

November 22nd 2021Professor Christopher Petkov & Renée Hartig, PhD This article is a part of our series on #MPAR and the animal research required for vaccine development to fight Covid-19 and other diseases. Maartje Bakker, a journalist from the Netherlands, has won a prestigious science journalism award from the Kavli Foundation and the American Association … Continue reading Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

Speaking of Research invites you to sign onto our statement on human rights and speciesism

SPEAKING OF RESEARCH STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SPECIESISM The recent past has brought increasing attention to injustice and violation of human rights. Those include racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination based on misguided and exploitative notions of human hierarchies. Globally, basic human rights are recognized as an essential and core moral … Continue reading Speaking of Research invites you to sign onto our statement on human rights and speciesism

Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

November 17th 2021 Allyson J. Bennett & Jeremy D. Bailoo Imagine that your pet dog contracted an infection that caused fatigue, fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. And then imagine that a vaccine was available to help make sure that your pet—or your children, your parents, members of your community, even yourself— did not contract … Continue reading Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

Animal Research in Switzerland in 2020

November 12th 2021 We have translated the statistics for animal research conducted in Switzerland in 2020 and these data are summarized below. Overall, there were 556,107 animals used in research and animal testing in Switzerland in 2020 — a 2.8% decrease compared to 2019. Click to enlarge The collection of statistical data on animal use … Continue reading Animal Research in Switzerland in 2020