Written by Paula Clifford
It’s sometimes easy to forget our species is under constant attack.
Our access to safe food supplies guards us against dangerous bacteria, viruses and parasites. Modern plumbing and sewage systems have relegated several diseases to rare threats. Then there are vaccines. Once common diseases like hepatitis are relatively rare and polio has nearly vanished thanks to vaccinations many of us received in the first few weeks of life. Read more.
From 2016 to 2017, the number of animals used in medical and cosmetic research dropped from 820,812 to 792,168, according to the National Anti-Vivisection Society. Animal testing is a subject that can difficult to address, but you might consider it necessary if you want to have a place in the debate on this topic. Read more. SEE PAGE 32
‘Shocking’ animal welfare violations uncovered at US government labs.
Washington (AFP) – Mice baked to death after a heating system failure, or left to die from hunger and thirst when researchers forgot to put food or water in their cages for a week — and nobody noticed. Read more.
New Jersey’s thriving biomedical research community applauds the Legislature for passing Assembly Bill 3274/Senate Bill 2826, the “Homes for Animal Heroes Act.” Under the legislation, which passed the General Assembly unanimously today, institutions throughout New Jersey must re-home cats and dogs used in vital research studies with loving families when the research is completed. Today’s vote in the Assembly follows the New Jersey Senate’s 34-0 passage of the Homes for Animal Heroes Act in February 2019. Read more.
It’s possible that some of America’s future health leaders briefly appeared on campus this summer. The students were taking part in a program called Curious Science Writers, which offers high schoolers interested in science writing and research a chance to gain firsthand experience. Read more.
Re: “Raising hope and alarm — Texas A&M researchers have quietly bred sick dogs in their quest for a cure to human muscular dystrophy/While PETA and other animal activists protest, families support lab work,” Sunday news story. Read more.