August 2nd 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo It is now over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and, to date, 6.4 million people have died as a consequence of contracting the disease. In the space of one year, vaccines were developed and their safety and efficacy evaluated and demonstrated. This shorter time frame for vaccine … Continue reading Animal research and our future with COVID-19
August 1, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer, Justin A. Varholick Vegans are often defined as anyone who does not eat any food derived from animals and does not use any animal products. This means that they are also often opposed to the use of animals for research and testing of medicines, vaccines, and … Continue reading What should a vegan do about vaccinations?
July 1st 2022 If you are a follower of Speaking of Research (SR), you would probably know from our animal use statistics pages that rodents are the most widely used animal research model. If you are not a follower of SR, please sign up for updates on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Rodents are … Continue reading What are humanized mice? Wait, what?
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
The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines have been highly effective, but also have limitations: their efficacy can wane without a booster shot, and they may be less effective against some variants. Now, scientists have developed a more targeted vaccine that, in animal studies, shows stronger, broader, and more durable protection in a single, low dose. … Continue reading Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters
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
September 3rd 2021 Given the NIAID's statement on the important role of #AnimalResearch in mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development it is timely to highlight the decades of animal research that made it possible to begin, produce and evaluate the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine within one year. #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins … Continue reading #Evergreen #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins
September 2nd 2021 Speaking of Research commends the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for releasing a statement that our readers are intimately aware of: Basic as well as applied research with animals has played a critical role in our response to the pandemic. Statements such as these from trusted experts are integral given … Continue reading The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development