Defeating diseases of the developing world: tuberculosis and Chikungunya fever

Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, may also play a protective role against tuberculosis, according to studies in both humans and monkeys by a team from Stanford University, UC Davis, the University of Pittsburgh and Aga Khan University in Pakistan (1). One-third of the world's population is infected with TB, … Continue reading Defeating diseases of the developing world: tuberculosis and Chikungunya fever

From Science Fiction to Science Fact

The ability to regrow limbs lost through accident or the action of their nemesis is a power usually thought of as belonging only to comic-book heroes, but in nature the ability to regenerate tissues and even whole limbs is surprisingly widespread across the plant and animal kingdoms. While in the womb mammals such as humans … Continue reading From Science Fiction to Science Fact

The Monkey of the Baskervilles

If you watched the news or picked up a newspaper yesterday you'll already be aware that scientists in Japan have created genetically modified (GM) marmoset monkeys that pass the transgene, in this case one that encodes the marker GFP protein that glows under UV light, to their offspring. Severel media outlest including the Huffington Post … Continue reading The Monkey of the Baskervilles

UCLA Pro-Test – Coverage Review Day 18

It's been over a week since our last coverage update and there's been more news sources covering the upcoming rally. To kick off, the highly respected Nature journal included an interview (subscription needed) with David Jentsch, founder of UCLA Pro-Test. He offered an insight into his own research before mentioning more about the upcoming rally: … Continue reading UCLA Pro-Test – Coverage Review Day 18

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

Trinity College, Dublin, debates animal research

On Wednesday I travelled in Dublin to participate in a debate on animal research at the Historical Society (debating union) at Trinity College Dublin. The motion debated was "This house believes Trinity has too little respect for nature" - with a strong focus on animal research  reinforced by the two guest speakers, myself and Yvonne … Continue reading Trinity College, Dublin, debates animal research

Monkeys, Robots and the University of Pittsburgh – New hope for paralysis victims?

The day after Tom Holder spoke at the University of Pittsburgh about the importance of animal research, more news is coming from this academic institution. Every 45 seconds someone in the US gets a stroke, many are left paralyzed, furthermore 14,000 people every year suffer spinal cord injuries which may also result in paralysis. There … Continue reading Monkeys, Robots and the University of Pittsburgh – New hope for paralysis victims?