The Limits of Computer Simulations

Following on from the last post about the limits of fMRI technology, we will now look further at the limits of another so called "alternative" - computer simulations. Animal rights groups also argue (Warning: AR website) that advanced computer simulations can replace the use of animals in our research.  This position, again, reflects the poor … Continue reading The Limits of Computer Simulations

Top Websites on Animal Research

There have been many new and old websites that cover the facts on animal research - many of which can be found in the links section. Here are some of the ones I've found particularly helpful and informative: Animal Research Info is possibly the most comprehensive source of information on the web regarding the role … Continue reading Top Websites on Animal Research

Maine: The review

Admittedly I didn't see much of Maine to give a proper review, so you're going to have to cope with just a report of my presentation at The Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbour, Maine. The Jackson Laboratory has been associated with the work of 20 Nobel Prize winners since 1960, through its own research and … Continue reading Maine: The review

Jellyfish, worms and research revolutions

At first glance the jellyfish Aequorea victoria seems an unlikely candidate to spark a revolution in medical research, but thanks to the work of the marine biologist Osamu Shimomura that's exactly what it did.  In their decision to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien for their … Continue reading Jellyfish, worms and research revolutions

From the Nobel Prize to the clinic through animal research

The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2008 have been announced today, and this year the prize has been split between three scientists whose epidemiological work lead to the identification of viruses responsible for two deadly diseases.  Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi were given the award for their discovery of the … Continue reading From the Nobel Prize to the clinic through animal research

North Carolina: Day 2: UNC-Chapel Hill

After a successful day on the Duke University campus (see previous post), I headed over to the Smithies & Maeda's Laboratories in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Here I gave a presentation to Nobel Prize Laureate (For his work in introducing gene modifications into … Continue reading North Carolina: Day 2: UNC-Chapel Hill