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Animal Research

Misleading 'Models' Stymie Drug Research, Researcher Says

natureheader | Erika Check Hayden | Posted 03.27.2014 | Science

A running joke among health researchers is that everything has been cured — in mice. However that may not be always true.The failure of experimental...

Animal Rights Activists Shift Tactics

| David Grimm | Posted 03.16.2014 | Science

Animal rights activists have dramatically shifted their tactics over the last decade, targeting individual researchers and the businesses that support...

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

Prestigious Universities Violate the Animal Welfare Act

Julia Orr | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

Unlike the humble mouse, primates are afforded at least some protection under the Animal Welfare Act. Unfortunately, even the most prestigious universities have shown the inability to care for their primates without extreme and deadly consequences.

PETA To Johns Hopkins: Stop Using Rodents In Erectile Dysfunction Studies

The Baltimore Sun | Scott Dance | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green

Animal advocacy group PETA called Tuesday on the National Institutes of Health to stop animal experiments related to sexual health, including Johns Ho...

The Top 3 Ways Animal Experiments Hurt Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

It is hard to quantify how many missed opportunities there may have been because of misleading animal experiments. However, there are plenty of examples that demonstrate how lucky we are that researchers did not believe the animal tests.

Why the NFL Needs to Have Its Head Examined

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

The NFL continues to fund misleading head injury studies on animals that will not get the league closer to identifying the precise causes of brain trauma in football players and how to prevent and treat it.

Cookies, Cocaine, and Culture

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The need for Oreos to be indicted of war crimes before we acknowledge we are eating too many of them, and foods like them, says something profoundly disturbing about our culture. How bad is bad enough?

Do Animals Have Feelings? Of Course They Do

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.17.2013 | Green

This week, Gregry Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, surfaced his research showing that dogs have emotions like humans. Wat...

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 2: Animals Don't Get Human Diseases

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Not only do animal models fail to help us better understand human diseases, they often lead us down the wrong path of investigation.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Imagine you are a monkey in a laboratory and a person dressed in a white coat walks into the room with a catching net. How do you think you would react?

Depressed? Your "SEEKING" System Might Not Be Working: A Conversation with Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp

Karin Badt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

Jaak Panksepp, the inventor of the term "affective neuroscience", is regarded as a radical in his field, with ground-breaking insights into emotional...

No One's Moral But You and Me -- and Now I Wonder About You

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Research with animals is an ethically charged consideration for everyone regardless of age. It is not just animal rights advocates who take this issue seriously; researchers do as well.

Tiny Rodent Sheds Light On How Human Skeletons Grow

| Posted 03.14.2013 | Science

By Gretchen Vogel The foot bones of the jerboa are hard to miss. Longer than the animal's arm, they help the bipedal desert rodent hop quickly awa...

Research 'Retirees' Settle In At New Home

AP | JANET McCONNAUGHEY | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

KEITHVILLE, La. -- For the first time in their lives, four aging chimpanzees once used in federal research can go outside whenever they like. They can...

Why Our Health Depends on Treating Animals Better

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Regardless of whether or not this controversial research continues, you can bet one thing: Our risk for a deadly form of the "bird flu" virus and other pathogens remain high as long as we don't improve our treatment of animals.

What Monkeys Can Teach Us About The Gender Pay Gap

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women

I could have done with some of that monkey's unfailing self-belief and refusal to accept the scraps out of life.

Free the Rockville 15!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.03.2012 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

We need to communicate with Dr Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, to ask him to intervene to have the Rockville 15 released to sanctuary, rather than warehoused in a laboratory at taxpayers' expense.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Is This Experiment Justifiable?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

2012-03-07-Screenshot20120307at9.06.58AM.jpgWhen it comes down to it, aren't we mostly debating an arbitrary line that's been drawn in the sand with what is and what isn't acceptable in animal research?

Susan G. Komen's Other Gaffe

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.04.2012 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Komen does women a disservice by continuing to channel funds into animal tests, while other cancer charities have moved on from such old-fashioned abominations or never engaged in them to begin with.

How Much Space Should Lab Animals Receive?

Posted 01.17.2012 | Green

From Russell McLendon and Mother Nature Network: Laboratory animals have done a lot for humanity over the years, helping us find treatments and cur...

Like Chimp Research, More To Whaling Than Economics

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Green

By Jennifer Jacquet (Click here for original article.) "Research on chimpanzees is contentious, expensive, and of increasingly limited necessity,"...

Can Nanosensors Save Lab Animals?

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Science

If rats could clap, they just might. That's because German scientists have developed a new technology they say could reduce the number of experiments ...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Chimp Research: The Beginning Of The End?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

2012-01-09-fjkdjfjdkfkdjfefd.jpgOther than the West African nation of Gabon, we are the only country in the entire world that still experiments on chimps.