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    Today the European Commission rejected the Stop Vivisection Initiative that sought to repeal European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and ban animal research in the EU. Today, there are effective treatments for many infectious … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

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    This morning the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC) announced the results of clinical trial in 140 patients with cystic fibrosis, which demonstrate the potential for gene therapy to slow – and potentially halt – the decline of lung function … Continue reading

    Blue Sky ScienceBlausen_0286_CysticFibrosisStudies in sheep play a key role in the development of gene therapy for cystic fibrosisBlue Sky ScienceBlausen_0286_CysticFibrosisStudies in sheep play a key role in the development of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis

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    Congratulations to the USDA/APHIS for getting ahead of the curve and making the US the first country to publish its 2014 animal research statistics. Overall, the number of animals (covered by the Animal Welfare Act) used in research fell 6.4% … Continue reading

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    The 2014 statistics from the Israeli National Council for Animal Experimentation show a 13 percent increase in animals used, reports Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper. The 340,330 animals used in experimentation in 2014 represent the highest animal use since 2007, the … Continue reading

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    In the past two weeks we’ve learned of a major advance in ongoing efforts to halt the spread of  HIV, two separate clinical studies have reported that a daily regimen of a pill called Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) … Continue reading

    Blue Sky ScienceTruvada prevents HIV transmission in high-risk individuals. Image: AFP / Kerry SheridanStudies in rhesus macaques first indicated that Tenofovir could block HIV infection. Photo: Understanding Animal ResearchScanning electron micrograph of HIV-1, colored green, budding from a cultured lymphocyte. Photo: C. Goldsmith Content Providers: CDC/ C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManusBlue Sky ScienceTruvada prevents HIV transmission in high-risk individuals. Image: AFP / Kerry SheridanStudies in rhesus macaques first indicated that Tenofovir could block HIV infection. Photo: Understanding Animal ResearchScanning electron micrograph of HIV-1, colored green, budding from a cultured lymphocyte. Photo: C. Goldsmith Content Providers: CDC/ C. Goldsmith, P. Feorino, E. L. Palmer, W. R. McManus

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    The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to scientists whose research has led to therapies that have saved hundreds of millions of people around the world from parasitic diseases that can otherwise cause disability and death. … Continue reading

    Blue Sky SciencePortraits of the winners of the Nobel medicine prize, shown on a screen at the ceremony in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty ImagesImage: NobelPrize.orgImage: NoberPrize.orgBlue Sky SciencePortraits of the winners of the Nobel medicine prize, shown on a screen at the ceremony in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty ImagesImage: NobelPrize.orgImage: NoberPrize.org

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  • A current USDA case involving a major antibody producer underscores the need for the research community to demonstrate its commitment to high standards of animal welfare. On August 18-20, 2015, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT) went before Administrative Law Judge … Continue reading

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    I was recently contacted by a student who had an assignment to report both sides of a contentious issue, and she’d chosen animal research. To her, there were two sides to the debate – a simple yes or no to … Continue reading

    TomAre debates like this really between polar opposites? Animal Rights perspectivesTomAre debates like this really between polar opposites? Animal Rights perspectives

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    There has been a lot of media coverage on the recent claims by Dr. Sergio Canavero that he has successfully transplanted the head of a monkey on to a donor body of another monkey. This story, originally posted by the … Continue reading

    Blue Sky ScienceCanavero at TEDxThere have recently been a series of major advances in treating paralysis, including epidural stimulation.Blue Sky ScienceCanavero at TEDxThere have recently been a series of major advances in treating paralysis, including epidural stimulation.

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    A recent article in the journal Pediatrics reported that vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV) resulted in a 64% reduction in infections in girls aged 14-19 (1). The vaccine, Gardasil, came onto market in June of 2006 and protects again … Continue reading

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    It’s a good start but there’s plenty more still to be done, and it is being done. Yesterday the University of Edinburgh launched their excellent new animal research resource  http://www.ed.ac.uk/research/animal-research, too late to be included on our list this time … Continue reading

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    Do sharks get cancer? Despite the widely touted myth that sharks do not develop cancer, fish of all species do occasionally develop spontaneous tumours. This is of course also true for the most common of laboratory fish, the zebrafish. In … Continue reading

    Blue Sky ScienceCasper_fishImage: Kaufman, C.K., et al, 2016. A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science, 351(6272), p.aad2197. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2197Blue Sky ScienceCasper_fishImage: Kaufman, C.K., et al, 2016. A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science, 351(6272), p.aad2197. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2197

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    In May 2014, Understanding Animal Research brought seventy-two organizations together to sign the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, committing signatories to improving their communication surrounding the animal research they (or their members) conduct or fund. Signatories … Continue reading

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    There is sometimes confusion about how US law protects rats, mice and non-mammalian vertebrates such as birds and fish. Much of this confusion is rooted in the fact that the US Animal Welfare Act (AWA) explicitly excludes purpose-bred rodents (rats … Continue reading

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    Trichur Vidyasagar, University of Melbourne The media regularly report impressive medical advances. However, in most cases, there is a reluctance by scientists, the universities, or research institutions they work for, and the media to mention animals used in that research, … Continue reading

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    Openness has been a buzz word in science policy over the past five years, particularly for animal research. Today, Speaking of Research reached 250 animal research statements on our list of public statements, up from 200 in February (is your institution … Continue reading

    TomNovo Nordisk website providing videos of its research animals and facilitiesClick to EnlargeMontage of images from the Novo Nordisk brochure on its animal research. Click to EnlargeTomNovo Nordisk website providing videos of its research animals and facilitiesClick to EnlargeMontage of images from the Novo Nordisk brochure on its animal research. Click to Enlarge

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    Congratulations to the USDA/APHIS for getting ahead of the curve for a second time and making the US the first country to publish its 2015 animal research statistics. Overall, the number of animals (covered by the Animal Welfare Act) used … Continue reading

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    For a previous post that also debunks comments made by PETA, read our article, “Biology, History and Maths: A lesson in debunking PETA’s nonsense”. The United Kingdom recently released their annual statistics of scientific procedures on living animals and, as … Continue reading

    allysonjbennettSource: http://cmr.asm.org/content/26/1/135.figures-onlyRhinovirus caption: Surface of the human rhinovirus 16, one of the viruses which cause the common cold. Source:Wikipedia CommonsDRACOs have worked against H1N1 influenza in cells and mice. NIAID/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Source: Secondary citation from here: http://www.techinsider.io/todd-rider-draco-crowdfunding-broad-spectrum-antiviral-2015-12Source: https://riderinstitute.org/allysonjbennettSource: http://cmr.asm.org/content/26/1/135.figures-onlyRhinovirus caption: Surface of the human rhinovirus 16, one of the viruses which cause the common cold. Source:Wikipedia CommonsDRACOs have worked against H1N1 influenza in cells and mice. NIAID/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Source: Secondary citation from here: http://www.techinsider.io/todd-rider-draco-crowdfunding-broad-spectrum-antiviral-2015-12Source: https://riderinstitute.org/

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    There were 479,580 procedures on animals in the Netherlands for scientific purposes in 2015, down almost 15% from the previous year. This was according to the latest report by the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, NVWA). … Continue reading

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