Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

USA Today has published our open letter calling for increased openness about the important role of animals in health research. Below, we provide the full list of almost 600 signatures, including four Nobel Laureates, who have signed their support for our initiative. We hope this action will put pressure on institutions across the US to … Continue reading Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

Ten years ago, we launched Speaking of Research to provide the science community with an opportunity to stand up and defend the important role of animals in medical, veterinary and scientific research. Over the past decade, an ever-increasing audience of scientists, clinicians, animal care staff and members of the public have supported that cause. At … Continue reading Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

Scientific community unites in defence of primate research

The Backstory It's been a busy few weeks for those who wish to explain the role of primates in research. Last week the NIH held a workshop on "Ensuring the Continued Responsible Oversight of Research with Non-Human Primates" (watch it back here). The Congressionally mandated workshop resulted from report language that was associated with a PETA … Continue reading Scientific community unites in defence of primate research

Benefits of Animal Research, Right Down to the Letter

It's always exciting, in this day and age, to get a letter that isn't spam. Even more exciting when the letter is from another continent. And even more when it's a letter as supportive and insightful as this one (full text below). Dear Tom Holder: I am a freshman studying at Orange County High School … Continue reading Benefits of Animal Research, Right Down to the Letter

Open Letter to Dr. Greek

This is a copy of a letter written to Dr. Greek long ago (July 2003) in response to his request for a written contribution from me.  Everything I say in this letter is the honest truth of what I think now, as I did then, with regard to cognitive neuroscience in the non-human primate.  At … Continue reading Open Letter to Dr. Greek

Open Letter to Michael Budkie

On June 1, 2009, animal rights activist, Michael Budkie, submitted a letter of complaint (AR Website) to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with the charge that scientists are performing duplicative research.  Mr. Budkie’s complaint was based upon his own analysis of the publicly available information about research funded by the National Eye Institute, … Continue reading Open Letter to Michael Budkie

Speaking in Nature

One of our own members, David Bienus, a animal care technician who recently wrote about his experiences of animal welfare in labs, has got his letter into the esteemed science journal Nature, a portion of which can be seen below: In your Editorial 'Against vicious activism' (Nature 457, 636; 2009), you call for scientists and the … Continue reading Speaking in Nature