2021 Lasker Awards highlight the Invaluable Role of Animal Research

September 29th 2021 The Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine in the U.S. Awarded annually, these awards given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation serve to “shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support … Continue reading 2021 Lasker Awards highlight the Invaluable Role of Animal Research

#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

#MPAR Dissolvable pacemaker developed #InAnimals

June 29th 2021 The news agencies are all abuzz with the recent medical breakthrough of a dissolvable pacemaker (e.g. here, here, and here). We have yet another medical breakthrough thanks to #AnimalResearch, but as can be seen from those reports,  news agencies persist in deemphasizing the vital role that research with animals played. We therefore … Continue reading #MPAR Dissolvable pacemaker developed #InAnimals

Safety of COVID-19 antibody treatment tested #InMice #InMonkeys

June 22nd, 2021 While much has been written about the various COVID-19 vaccines (prevention), including here are Speaking of Research, less emphasis has been placed on the treatment of COVID-19 patients—both earlier on in the pandemic and even at present. Part of this relates to some inherent skepticism of the value of using existing treatments … Continue reading Safety of COVID-19 antibody treatment tested #InMice #InMonkeys

Call for transparent labeling of news and journal articles #InMice

June 21st 2021 Public misinformation and disinformation can only benefit from poor descriptions and inaccurate labeling. As we have pointed out over and over again, there is a desperate need, now more than ever, to provide accurate information to stakeholders concerning how, whether and why animals are needed for and used in research. It is … Continue reading Call for transparent labeling of news and journal articles #InMice

FDA approves lung cancer drug #MPAR

June 3rd 2021 Recently, the FDA approved an Amgen drug, sotorasib, for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLS) with a specific mutation in a gene known as Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) in patients whose disease has worsened after treatment with chemotherapy or other medicines. This mutation accounts for 13% of NSCLS—the most common … Continue reading FDA approves lung cancer drug #MPAR

Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

April 19th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov Although we have been focusing on updates on Covid-19 vaccines and their reliance on research with nonhuman animals including primates (as an example post see here), two other developments focusing on treatments for AIDS and Zika fever have caught our eye. These fall under the topic #MPAR, Made Possible by … Continue reading Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

#MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

April 12th 2021 On Friday April 9th, various news agencies (e.g., here) were abuzz with reporting of Elon Musk’s Neuralink. Twitter exploded with comments and re-tweets and the video example has been viewed over 4.7 million times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=rsCul1sp4hQ It is obvious that NeuraLink involves animals and it is a clear example of how basic research … Continue reading #MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink