Should all animals be treated equally in research?

The rights of a cephalopod A new protocol is set to be introduced in the US providing cephalopods (think tentacled sea creatures like octopuses or squid) with rights to protect them from use in research without sufficient authorisation.  As it currently stands, there are no ethical guidelines or barriers around the use of invertebrates in […]

New Research Suggests That These Protein Sources Are Not Nutritionally Equivalent

Scientists found that two-ounce-equivalents (oz-eq) of animal-based protein foods provide greater essential amino acids (EAA) bioavailability than the same quantity of plant-based protein foods. The study challenges the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) which suggest these protein sources are nutritionally equivalent. Consuming equal ounce-equivalent portions of animal-based and plant-based protein foods, as per the Dietary […]

Vaccine candidate prevents diarrhea, improves growth in animal model

Mark Slifka, Ph.D., is a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine and a senior scientist in the neuroscience division of OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff) A vaccine originally developed to prevent bacteria-caused diarrhea has now also been found to help infant nonhuman primates grow faster, according […]

Oral probiotic bacterial strain found to improve dry eye disease in animal model

In a study by a research group at Baylor College of Medicine, oral administration of a commercially available probiotic bacterial strain was found to improve dry eye disease in an animal model. The findings were presented at ASM Microbe 2023, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Dry eye, a common condition in […]

Research scopes-out prospects for developing a Lifetime Animal Wellbeing Index  

AN industry research project looking at prospects for the development of a Lifetime Animal Wellbeing Index (LAWI) for sheep and cattle has delivered its final report. Prepared for Meat & Livestock Australia by a team from CSIRO Agriculture and Food, the report points out that the red meat industries are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate […]

Research may help animal feed sector – Newspaper

ANIMAL feed refers to food that is specifically formulated and fed to domesticated animals, such as cattle, poultry, fish, and pets, in order to provide the necessary nutrients for their growth, maintenance and reproduction. The availability and utilisation of these feed resources vary depending on regional and seasonal factors, such as climate, water availability and […]

Suffering in silence: Caring for research animals can take a severe mental toll | Science

Conner Sessions’s decision to combine his love of science and animals nearly destroyed him. Growing up in rural Washington state, he spent his early life surrounded by cows, horses, cats, and dogs. He cared about all of them and considered a career in veterinary medicine. But after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from […]

New evidence in Augusta University’s animal research case

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – New evidence in a case involving animal research at Augusta University could prove AU lied to the federal government, risking millions of research dollars. Our I-Team first uncovered allegations of fraud, forgery, and a cover-up at Augusta University after a research monkey died nine years ago.  You could call it a smoking […]

The importance of non-human primates in neuroscience :: Understanding Animal Research

Owing to their uncanny similarities with human beings, non-human primates (NHPs) have a small but important role in basic and translational biomedical research particularly when it comes to neuroscience. NHPs have delivered fundamental knowledge about how the human brain functions, which has directly led to the development of valuable therapies that have dramatically improved the […]

UW, Other Schools Face Calls to Improve Animal Safety in Research Labs

The University of Wisconsin won a recent legal battle tied to accusations of animal abuse within its research facilities. Activists hope that doesn’t end the conversation – or the scrutiny. The case had to do with the university restricting social media comments critical of certain conditions. Those comments were posted by Maddie Krasno, who graduated […]

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