Mousetronauts: Animals in Space

Mousetronauts: Animals in Space

A crew of intrepid white mice arrived on board the International Space Station (ISS) this week. The all-female group of twenty rodents is on an important scientific mission. They’ll be involved in rigorous physical endurance testing to better understand the ways in which muscle strength deteriorates in microgravity. This mouse research will help NASA better […]

House of Cards Spoiler Alert: Frank Underwood Lives – Thanks to Animal Research

House of Cards Spoiler Alert: Frank Underwood Lives – Thanks to Animal Research

Liver transplants got some attention recently thanks to Netflix’s House of Cards. When President Underwood needs a liver transplant quickly, his staff makes underhanded arrangements to bump him to the top of the list. It’s a compelling plot point because many people die while waiting for a donor liver. But is this portrayal of organ […]

National Doctors’ Day

National Doctors’ Day

In honor of National Doctors’ Day, FBR is paying tribute to the many doctors who work tirelessly to guide us with our preventative care, treat our everyday ailments and tend to our life-altering conditions. Doctors are heroes, pioneers and inventors. Most doctors influence the individuals they personally treat. Yet certain doctors transform global health with […]

Animal Research and Diabetes – Part 3

Animal Research and Diabetes – Part 3

This is the final installment of our three-part series on animal research and diabetes. You can find Part One here and Part Two here. In the first two parts of this series, we’ve covered Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. This week, we look at three topics in diabetes research. First, we examine how […]

How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

Seven-month-old Lincoln Seay was in bad shape. Lincoln had been waiting since November for a heart transplant and now he was going into cardiac arrest. A donor heart had been located and was on the way, but the little boy was deteriorating rapidly. Even with the best care, Lincoln’s life was hanging in the balance. […]

How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

This is the second installment of a 3-part series covering some of the contributions animals have made to treatments for diabetes. Part 3 will be released next week. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body’s cells don’t adequately use insulin from the pancreas to turn glucose into energy. The result is […]

Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

And the award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama goes to… With the Oscars fast approaching, FBR is recognizing two special supporting actors that have played outstanding roles in the ongoing medical drama of human and animal health advancement: the rat and the mouse. Together, rats and mice make up approximately 95% of […]

10 Years Ago Pro-Test Started a Movement

Today, February 25, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Pro-Test, an international movement that supports biomedical research and the use of animal models and rejects the violence and intimidation often associated with animal-rights activism. After Oxford University began construction on a new biomedical facility in 2004, activists from the Animal Liberation Front and ‘SPEAK, the […]