Long-time readers of this blog will not be surprised to hear that animal research has featured prominently in the work for which this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine are being honoured- Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann for their for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity, and … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2011: Flies and mice take a bow!
A challenge that science communicators frequently face when discussing the process whereby a scientific discovery eventually leads to a medical breakthrough is the time that this often takes, indeed by the time that the reports of exciting clinical trial outcomes start to appear in the press the role of the scientists who made the initial … Continue reading A breakthrough against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia…thank the mice!
Earlier today we posted a commentary on PeTA's misleading propaganda by Professor Anthony Garro of UMass Dartmouth. At the time I mentioned that it was a pity that Prof. Garro was not able to write more about the role of animal research in 21st century medicine, but a recent story in Nature News provides an excellent … Continue reading Taming the Wolf: a new treatment for Lupus
Modern advances in science have meant that our models of diseases have vastly improved. Be that in a dish in the laboratory, a computer simulation or through using a transgenic mouse, there have been developments across the biomedical field that have given us a greater understanding of diseases and how our bodies work. This increase … Continue reading From Mouse to Monkey to Humans: The Story of Rituximab