Research with dogs develops an artificial pancreas to treat diabetes

White Coat Waste is a conservative animal rights organization devoted to the elimination of animal research. Its first target is biomedical research conducted using dogs at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, this campaign is gaining traction. While White Coat Waste is supported mainly by Republicans, some Democrat representatives like Dina Titus (Nevada) … Continue reading Research with dogs develops an artificial pancreas to treat diabetes

SR-Research Roundup

July 21st-July 28th Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through … Continue reading SR-Research Roundup

Research Roundup: An artificial womb for preemie lambs, umbilical cord protein enhances cognition, smartphones to control diabetes, and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form on the website. An artificial … Continue reading Research Roundup: An artificial womb for preemie lambs, umbilical cord protein enhances cognition, smartphones to control diabetes, and more!

Unpleasant Truths vs Comforting Lies

Scientists use animals  in research to elucidate basic questions about biological function in health and disease.  Such basic research in the life sciences, like parallel studies in other fields of science, yields knowledge about nature.  Such knowledge, in turn, can be applied to a myriad of problems to alleviate suffering, improve our well-being, and make this a better … Continue reading Unpleasant Truths vs Comforting Lies

Animal research and diabetes: Now the truth must be told – Part 2

In yesterday's post we described how animal research contributed to the understanding and treatment of diabetes – most importantly with the discovery of insulin. In this post we address some of the common misinformation that activists are circulating on social media about the role of animal experiments in diabetes research. a)      One of the most valuable … Continue reading Animal research and diabetes: Now the truth must be told – Part 2

A new drug to treat type II diabetes: Thank the…Gila monster?

Earlier this week Lyxumia (generic name Lixisenatide), a new drug that helps to control type II diabetes, was launched in the UK. In addition to being an effective and saft therapy for type II diabeted, including in some patients that do not respond to current first-line therapies, Lyxumia is relatively inexpensive when compared to current therapies for type … Continue reading A new drug to treat type II diabetes: Thank the…Gila monster?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lessons From Monkeys

The following guest post is from David Abbott, a scientist at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Professor Abbott recently spoke about the goals of his work and the use of monkeys in research in a public forum series hosted by … Continue reading Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lessons From Monkeys

From Science to Miracle in 2 years: The Discovery of Insulin

For more information about the discovery of insulin we recommend you read our more recent post: Animal research and diabetes: Now the truth must be told Part 1 and Part 2 A mere one hundred years ago, when people were diagnosed with diabetes, they were handed down a death sentence.  There was no treatment for … Continue reading From Science to Miracle in 2 years: The Discovery of Insulin