April 30th 2021Justin Varholick, Sangy Panicker, and Jeremy D. Bailoo TL;DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate your friends, family and colleagues, and confront your fears. Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies claiming that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism—giving birth to the modern “anti-vaxxer” movement … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Undoing #VaccineHesitancy and #AntiVaxxer Misinformation
April 14th 2021Kelsey Lewis, Allyson J. Bennett, Sangy Panicker, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy D. Bailoo & Justin Varholick A group of individuals, many of them self-identified as being opposed to animal research, recently signed an open letter to the Associated Press asking that animals with unknown sex be assigned "he/she" or "they" gender pronouns. These … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Non-human animals cannot have a gender identity
April 5th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov There is a misconception often propagated by individuals or organizations that do not see much benefit to animal research. They would have the public believe that scientists shock an animal’s brain for little to no good reason. This claim is not true and we encourage you to call it out … Continue reading Shocking news? Why scientists stimulate the brain and the importance of animal research
March 19, 2021 “Speaking of Research is getting its message out. The last few months have seen a huge surge in the number of readers of our blog. Alexa Rankings now puts us as the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research website. In 2021 Speaking of Research remains one of the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research websites. Over … Continue reading A thank you and a challenge to our readers
February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?
February 19th 2021 We are in the midst of a global pandemic—with 105.4 million cases and 2.3 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, due to decades of animal research on coronaviruses, various vaccine candidates were expedited, and their safety and efficacy profile evaluated in animals and humans. As a consequence two vaccines … Continue reading #Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment
February 16th 2021 Michele A. Basso, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles I am stunned. Cory Mac (full name Cory Mac a’Ghobhainn), the leader of a group called Progress for Science (P4S) either is a hypocrite, or she is ignorant of how science works, in spite of the name … Continue reading Absolutist Views Crumble As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available
January 26th 2021 TL:DR Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Safety and efficacy will continue to be monitored for the life of any FDA approved vaccine. There are reasonable scientific and ethical concerns which remain with respect to COVID-19 vaccines—however, the benefits of taking either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine outweigh the costs of not doing … Continue reading Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine