Animal Research


New Procedure Developed Using Pigs Allows Patients to Receive Replacement Heart Valves Without Open-Heart Surgery September 1, 2015

Federal regulators have just approved a device that will allow physicians to replace faulty heart valves without open-heart surgery. The first patients to receive the treatment included a few dozen pigs. As Americans are living longer, aortic valve disease has grown more common. This new procedure offers hope to patients who could not undergo open-heart surgery. The use of pigs helped ensure the procedure…  read more →

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, FDA Scientist Who Kept Thalidomide off U.S. Market, Dies at Age 101 August 7, 2015

The drug thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women during the late 1950s, and resulted in the births of over ten thousand babies with severe birth defects worldwide, and in the actual loss of several thousand additional pregnancies. However, the tragedy was averted in the United States, as the FDA did not approve thalidomide for use by pregnant women. This was primarily due to Dr. Kelsey's concerns…  read more →

Why Testing on Prisoners is a Bad Idea August 5, 2015

It is often asked, why can't research be performed on convicts instead of animals? However, even putting aside the moral, ethical and legal arguments against testing on prisoners, there are several scientific issues as well. The medical history of prisoners cannot be standardized or controlled; there is no way to look at correlations between genes and disease; and even if non-violent prisoners were…  read more →

Why People Are Wrong to Oppose the New Beagle Breeding Facility July 21, 2015

"Currently, around 20% of the dogs used in research in the UK are imported from abroad (those involved in 956 of the 4,779 procedures in 2013). This is because the UK breeding facilities cannot provide all the dogs used in the UK. These dogs have to endure long and potentially stressful flights from other countries. Surely it is better to breed them here in the UK, where we have some of the highest…  read more →

Here's What Went Wrong with Last Year's Flu Vaccine June 30, 2015

Antibodies produced by ferrets and sheep exposed to influenza strains used in last season's flu vaccine help researchers understand why the vaccines were so much less effective. Since ferrets are susceptible to human strains of influenza, they remain a valuable model for vaccine development each year.  read more →

Canine Cancer Research Holds Promise for People June 16, 2015

The genetic similarities between some dog and human cancers help researchers study new chemotherapies for humans in pet dogs with naturally occurring cancers. Dogs with naturally occurring tumors may serve as a better model for testing immunomodulatory therapies than laboratory mouse models.  read more →

The Reason the European Citizens’ Initiative Failed is the Reason Anti-research Campaigns are Failing Generally June 8, 2015

The anti-vivisection industry is failing, mainly due to misinformation and misrepresentation. The truth is that animal studies have contributed to improved health for both humans and animals.  read more →

Commission Replies to "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative June 3, 2015

The European Commission has rejected the call by the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to repeal Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.  read more →

A Conversation About Beagle Testing May 27, 2015

A 6th Grade student interested in learning more about the use of beagles in research and testing is able to visit a laboratory animal facility to see firsthand how the animals are treated with care and compassion, and to discuss the important medical advancements that result from animal research.  read more →

Your Dog Can Get Alzheimer's Too February 1, 2015

Older dogs can develop cognitive impairments similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Similar cellular changes associated with the disease occur in the brains of both humans and dogs. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, and research in dogs can help humans as well as vice versa.  read more →

Researchers Ferret Out a Flu Clue December 18, 2014

New research demonstrates that both ferrets and humans share a common genetic mutation, which explains why ferrets are susceptible to human influenza strains and have made a good model for studying the pathogenesis of human influenza strains and new vaccinations.  read more →

The ferret genome has been sequenced - and here's why that's good news for you November 20, 2014

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the domestic ferret! It is a big deal. Because the ferret is actually quite an important animal and the information derived from its genome is poised to help researchers better understand not just human health and disease, but also wildlife health.…  read more →

New Research on Dogs with Bone Cancer May Help People June 27, 2014

Treating bone cancer in dogs may lead to research for treatments that help people with cancer as well, as the same molecule is expressed in canine bone cancer that is also expressed in kids with osteosarcoma and women with breast cancer.  read more →

Why Animals are Vital to Brain Research April 23, 2014

Neurological studies in animals has provided important insight into how the human brain and nervous system functions. Ferret brains have many similarities with human brains, and studies with neonatal ferrets has allowed researchers to understand the developing brain, as well as study potential treatments for victims of neurological disease and traumatic brain injuries.…  read more →

Animal study yields promising results for measles drug April 16, 2014

Measles vaccination gaps have stalled efforts to further reduce the burden of the disease, but early results from tests in ferrets suggest that health departments may someday have an oral drug to help knock down outbreaks.  read more →

Helping Blind Dogs See Could Help Fight Human Blindness January 2, 2014

Dogs' eyes are similar to humans, and studying genetic patterns that lead to blindness in dogs may help pave the way for treatments in humans as well, including treatments for glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.  read more →


Animals have played a significant role in almost every major medical advance in the last century.

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