The Ethics Centre, an independent not-for-profit organisation in Australia, held its second IQ2 debate on the motion: "Animal rights should trump human interests". Supporting the motion was shark attack survivor, Paul de Gelder, animal lawyer, Ruth Hatten, and philanthropist Philip Wollen. Opposing the motion was ethicist Dr Leslie Cannold, Commissioner at the Australian Centre for … Continue reading Debating Animal Research in Australia
In this Q&A post, we visit with Jordana Lenon, B.S., B.A., the outreach specialist for the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jordana reaches her 20th anniversary working at the Primate Center this year. Here, she reveals how different her job is … Continue reading Interview: How our outreach experiences have changed!
The following letter has been sent to the Committee Secretary of the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications regarding the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015. This proposed bill would ban the Australian research community from importing primates for use in biomedical research. The following … Continue reading Open Letter to the Australian Senate regarding a proposed bill to ban the import of primates
Today's guest post is by Jordana Lenon, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and Kathy West, California National Primate Research Center. Researchers at Duke and Tulane take the lead, the National Primate Research Centers provide critical resources and expertise in this first-ever proof of CMV placental transmission in nonhuman primates. Researchers now have a powerful new … Continue reading One step closer to a vaccine for cytomegalovirus: Monkeys transmit CMV the same way as humans
The nation's largest primatological scientific society, the American Society of Primalogists (ASP), has posted a strong statement sent January 21 in support for the scientist and research under attack by PETA. The statement can be found on ASP's website: https://www.asp.org/index.cfm In its entirety, the letter reads: "Members of the Board of Directors of the American … Continue reading American Society of Primatologists’ statement of support for NIH primate research
Health research with nonhuman primates takes place at many universities and research institutions in the US, among them centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A broad range of research aimed at better understanding maternal and child health takes place at these centers and depends, in part, upon humane, ethical scientific studies of … Continue reading Child health benefits from studies of infant monkeys – Part 1
The philosophy and bioethics community was rocked and in turmoil Friday when they learned that groundbreaking experimental psychologist Professor Harry Harlow had died over 30 years ago. Harlow's iconic studies of mother and infant monkeys have endured for decades as the centerpiece of philosophical debate and animal rights campaigns. With news of his death, philosophers … Continue reading Harlow Dead, Bioethicists Outraged
Pictures from labs are often used out of context to criticise animal research - make you sure your pictures keep their context