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The First FDA-Approved Ebola Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

The First FDA-Approved Ebola Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, the FDA announced the approval of Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of the Ebola virus disease. The new vaccine protects against the Zaire species of Ebola virus, which is responsible for more than 11,000 deaths...

The Flu Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

The Flu Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

It’s that time of year again where the threat of the flu hangs in the air and people scramble to their local pharmacies to get their annual flu shot. Did you know this life-saving vaccine was created thanks to animal research? In 1918 and 1919, the Spanish Influenza...

FBR Salutes this Year’s Lasker Award Winners

FBR Salutes this Year’s Lasker Award Winners

Since its beginning in 1945, the Lasker Awards has been a prestigious achievement that recognizes those who have contributed to breakthrough biological discoveries, clinical research and improvements in human health. The 2019 Lasker Awards were focused on the world of...

Who will Survive?

Who will Survive?

Are you a big fan of “Game of Thrones” (GOT)? The final season of the hit HBO series is on its last episode and most faithful watchers are on the edge of their seats to see who will FINALLY be seated on the Iron Throne. Based on a series of fantasy novels called “A...

Mice in Space

Mice in Space

In 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the Rodent Research Project to study mice in space with the goal to better understand the effects of spaceflight on the human body. Using mice in space has helped researchers discover numerous...

Animal Research and the Fight Against Malaria

Animal Research and the Fight Against Malaria

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced what could be the world's first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale trial project in several countries. The vaccine known as RTS, S will be given to approximately 360,000 children up to two...

Animal Research Aids in War Against Ebola

Animal Research Aids in War Against Ebola

Eight months ago, an outbreak of Ebola was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu province and the disease has now spread to the city of Bunia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola is a rare and highly infectious virus,...

Why Animal Research? For Tyler Trent

Why Animal Research? For Tyler Trent

In early January 2019, a 20-year-old former Purdue student and cancer survivor named Tyler Trent lost his years-long battle with osteosarcoma. Three times he faced the disease head-on fighting to the end with the determination of a champion. A devoted fan of his...

On the cutting edge of canine cancer research

On the cutting edge of canine cancer research

“I just got the biopsy results back, and my little girl has an adrenal sarcoma,” wrote the owner of an 11-year-old Shih Tzu in an online support group for people whose pets have been diagnosed with cancer. “I'm so scared—for her and for myself. She's my baby, my best...

Would This Nobel Prize Have Been Awarded Without Mice?

Would This Nobel Prize Have Been Awarded Without Mice?

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to American immunologist Jim Allison and Japanese immunologist Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.” The award honors researchers for outstanding...

National HIV Testing Day: Animal Research’s Role in Treatment

National HIV Testing Day: Animal Research’s Role in Treatment

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27 and we’re taking a look back to see all the progress that’s been made with HIV testing and treatment and the advancements yet to come. In 1984, French and American scientists discovered that a retrovirus (HIV—Human...

Keeping Up with Psoriasis

Keeping Up with Psoriasis

In July 2011, Keeping Up with The Kardashians, a reality TV show, released a video that surprised fans. Kim Kardashian was diagnosed with psoriasis, a skin condition she shares with her “mom-ager,” Kris Jenner. Since her diagnosis, Kim has tried a variety of remedies...

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