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#Timescales #MPAR: Proof of principle pig kidney transplant to a deceased human performed

October 22nd 2021 Those of you who read the SR blog will be familiar with the #TimeScales that are often involved in bringing cures from bench to bedside and that often these cures were made possible by animal research #MPAR. A recent news story highlighting a successful pig kidney transplant in a human patient is no exception. We congratulate...

WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

October 1, 2021 Here at Speaking of Research, we have continually called for news outlets to unabashedly recognize when medical developments have relied on animal research. The public has a need, and a right, to understand and appreciate the entire biomedical advancement process from idea all the way through to treatment.  We applaud The...

2021 Lasker Awards highlight the Invaluable Role of Animal Research

The Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine in the U.S. Awarded annually, these awards given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation serve to “shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science.” The Lasker...

Casey Affleck and PETA Know How to Harass Women

September 14th 2021 Historically, he’s harassed colleagues in the film industry. Now he’s harassing women scientists. Yesterday, Casey Affleck inspired a whopping dozen or so protestors at UMass Amherst to join him in protesting against Dr. Agnès Lacreuse, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences there, who is conducting humane,...

#Evergreen #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on the COVID-19 vaccine begins

September 3rd 2021 Given the NIAID’s statement on the important role of #AnimalResearch in mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development it is timely to highlight the decades of animal research that made it possible to begin, produce and evaluate the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine within one year. #AnimalResearchSavesLives:...

The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

September 2nd 2021 Speaking of Research commends the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for releasing a statement that our readers are intimately aware of: Basic as well as applied research with animals has played a critical role in our response to the pandemic. Statements such as these from trusted experts are...

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, and the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines...

2019 French Animal Use Statistics

August 25th 2019 Until 2013, France released their animal research statistics on a triennial basis. Since 2014 and the implementation of EU Directive 2010/43, the French Ministry of Higher education, Research and Innovation began publishing animal use statistics on an annual basis. According to the 2019 figures, France conducted 1,865,403 procedures...

Animal Research in Switzerland in 2019

August 24th 2021 We have translated the statistics for animal research conducted in Switzerland in 2019 and these data are summarized below. Overall, there were 572,069 animals used in research and animal testing in Switzerland in 2019 — a 2.4% decrease compared to 2018. According to the Federal Veterinary Office, the BLV, this...

2019 US Animal Use Statistics

August 23rd 2021 In 2019, US government statistics put the number of laboratory animals used in research at 797,546, an increase of 2.2% from 2018. This includes both public and private institutions. These statistics do not include all animals as most mice, rats, and fish are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act – though they are still covered...

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