Animal Testing and Greek Mythology

Ray Greek has been held up by the animal rights community as a standard bearer for the “animal research doesn’t work” movement. While his arguments appear credible at first glance, they quickly fail under scientific scrutiny. In this post we take a broad look at the arguments made in his key work, Animal Models in … Continue reading Animal Testing and Greek Mythology

You can fool some of the MPs all of the time…

The British Parliament, for all its efficacy at passing thousands of pieces of legislation each year and civilising debate, nevertheless still contains one strange confection – the Early Day Motion (EDM). The name makes it sound as if these statements, which Members of Parliament can put their names to in support, lie at the foothills … Continue reading You can fool some of the MPs all of the time…

For Life on Earth – The Birth of Another Pseudoscience Organisation

Who are FLOE? There is a new British animal rights group on the scene called “For Life on Earth” or FLOE for short. Founded by Louise Owen, who has worked with both Medical Research Modernisation Committee and Seriously Ill Against Vivisection (both now defunct), the website seems almost an advertising tool for the various writings … Continue reading For Life on Earth – The Birth of Another Pseudoscience Organisation

The Golden Goose Awards

Politicians sometimes deride research based on the what they perceive as being "silly" titles of federal funded grants.  If they spot a title that deals with "games", for example, they may assume it deals with some sort of amusement of little value to society, instead of a deep, powerful branch of mathematics that describes the behavior of … Continue reading The Golden Goose Awards

Predictions and Animal Models of Human Disease

Some animal activists argue human disease cannot be modeled in animals.  They think physiological differences between species imply that treatments developed by means of animal research will not translate to humans. Prediction through the development of models is no doubt a goal of scientific work.  Predictions are the fruits of theories that can be tested … Continue reading Predictions and Animal Models of Human Disease

Herceptin: When personalized medicine and animal research meet.

Personalized medicine is very popular among medical researchers these days, and it’s not hard to see why. By tailoring treatment to fit an individual patient, for example by using information about their genetic makeup, scientists hope to make treatments more effective while at the same time avoiding or minimizing adverse effects. Anti-vivisectionist Dr. Greek writes … Continue reading Herceptin: When personalized medicine and animal research meet.

Laying the foundations of medical research

For the past couple of weeks a debate has been raging on the Opposing Views website between Speaking of Research’s Dario Ringach and the anti-vivisectionist Ray Greek. It has been a debate shaped by Dr. Greek's attempts to persuade readers to agree with his very narrow concept of what prediction means in biology and his … Continue reading Laying the foundations of medical research