Biodiversity helps medical research: Predatory Marine Snails

by Justin A. Varholick Ph.D., University of Florida, Department of Biology and UF Genetics Institute Too often we read about new research using mice, rats, non-human primates, and fish. These few categories of animals teach us a lot about biology and how we may intervene to cure or alleviate a human disease. But, what about … Continue reading Biodiversity helps medical research: Predatory Marine Snails

Research Roundup: Genetically modified babies given “green light”; how cannabis influences hunger and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Genetically modified babies given “green light”; how cannabis influences hunger and more!

Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 6.9-10.0% of people and usually arises from damage to the nervous system. The mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain are complex and different than those causing acute pain and inflammatory pain, thus requiring a different therapeutic approach. Unfortunately, the majority of people with neuropathic pain do not … Continue reading Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity

Research Roundup: Considering the bleak future of animal research without primates, heroin vaccine brought one step closer to availability and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Considering the bleak future of animal research without primates, heroin vaccine brought one step closer to availability and more!

The difference between pain and suffering

I find it surprising how often the words pain and suffering are used interchangeably, as it often happens when discussing issues of animal welfare. The concept of suffering has profound implications when applied to both humans and animals, so we should examine carefully what it entails philosophically and scientifically. Let’s consider pain first. When studying … Continue reading The difference between pain and suffering

Found in Translation: Using a Personal Tragedy to Drive Innovative Research

Kathryn Henley is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studies pain in animals, currently pigs, trying to understand the different and often subtle signs that animals may be in pain. In this post, she explains why her research is important – both to the development of good animal welfare and … Continue reading Found in Translation: Using a Personal Tragedy to Drive Innovative Research

Research Roundup: Monkeys and face recognition, animals advance AI, sugar to treat heart disease, and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Monkeys and face recognition, animals advance AI, sugar to treat heart disease, and more!