Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

November 22nd 2021Professor Christopher Petkov & Renée Hartig, PhD This article is a part of our series on #MPAR and the animal research required for vaccine development to fight Covid-19 and other diseases. Maartje Bakker, a journalist from the Netherlands, has won a prestigious science journalism award from the Kavli Foundation and the American Association … Continue reading Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

November 17th 2021 Allyson J. Bennett & Jeremy D. Bailoo Imagine that your pet dog contracted an infection that caused fatigue, fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. And then imagine that a vaccine was available to help make sure that your pet—or your children, your parents, members of your community, even yourself— did not contract … Continue reading Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

Human mRNA vaccine trials in the 2010s? A history lesson in animal research

The recent mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are the first of their kind, but they weren’t created overnight. RNA itself was discovered in the 1960s. Then, basic research in the 1970s paved the way for vaccine development in the 90s, optimization in the 2000s, clinical trials for influenza and rabies in the late 2010s

Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

April 19th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov Although we have been focusing on updates on Covid-19 vaccines and their reliance on research with nonhuman animals including primates (as an example post see here), two other developments focusing on treatments for AIDS and Zika fever have caught our eye. These fall under the topic #MPAR, Made Possible by … Continue reading Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine

Yesterday, NIH and Moderna announced the start of a multi-site, Phase 3 clinical trial of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19. This candidate vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, a “codebook” that cellular machinery “reads” in order to build proteins. For this candidate vaccine, the mRNA contains instructions for building spike proteins found on the coronavirus, … Continue reading Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine

Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Recent news indicates that the Ebola virus is spreading throughout the northern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including one case in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1 million. Many people will remember the outbreak in 2014 that led to more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa. In efforts to curb a new outbreak, the … Continue reading Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Research Roundup: Malaria vaccine, mouse sperm in space, animal welfare prizes, 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: Malaria vaccine, mouse sperm in space, animal welfare prizes, and more!