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.

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

New report on scientists “In the line of fire”

March 25, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer  In a new report, Science writer Cathleen O'Grady provides a thought-provoking look at abuse directed at scientists. Her report focuses on COVID-19 scientists and includes stunning new survey data.  O'Grady connects the dots to other areas of science, like animal research and climate change, where scientists … Continue reading New report on scientists “In the line of fire”

Novel Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine elicits more Potent Protection #InMice #InGuineaPigs #InHamsters

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

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

WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

October 1, 2021 Here at Speaking of Research, we have continually called for news outlets to unabashedly recognize when medical developments have relied on animal research. The public has a need, and a right, to understand and appreciate the entire biomedical advancement process from idea all the way through to treatment.  We applaud The Washington … Continue reading WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

#Evergreen #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins

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

The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

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