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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 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

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...

Animal Testing Offers Hope for Endangered Northern White Rhino

The last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, died on March 20, 2018. He leaves behind two females—both unable to reproduce naturally—along with any hope of saving the species without scientific intervention. Of the six species of rhino, the northern...

Are You Excited for Your Colonoscopy?

In Feb. 2000, President Clinton designated March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One month later, Katie Couric famously televised her colonoscopy on the Today show to promote screenings for colorectal cancer—the disease to which she had lost...

Stephen Hawking Supported Animal Research

The physicist Stephen W. Hawking died on March 14, 2018 at age 76. A memorable quote from his obituary in The New York Times reads: “Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of...

Ebola: Should We Be Concerned?

“You bleed like a hemophiliac who has been in a fistfight. Your skin develops bruises and goes pulpy, and tears easily, and becomes speckled with purple hemorrhages called petechiae, and erupts in a maculopapular rash that has been likened to tapioca...

Did the Common Cold Interfere with Dreams of Olympic Gold?

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang concluded on Feb. 25 with an elaborate closing ceremony. As athletes, coaches, and staff return home to their respective countries, some are still recovering from illnesses including the common cold. Along with...

Tackling CTE at Super Bowl LII

In 2009, Ann McKee, MD, director of the brain bank at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, pulled out a photograph of a tissue sample from the brain of a deceased eighteen-year-old. “I’m not allowed to talk about how he died,” she explained to the...

Smoking during pregnancy: Do you know all the risks?

This week, in honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January), the National Birth Defects Prevention Network has published several warnings against the dangers of smoking during pregnancy. After years of coordinated efforts by lawmakers, public...

Weight-Loss Surgery Myths Dispelled with Animal Research

Last week’s FBR blog examines the growing rates of obesity in pet cats and dogs, as well as interventions reached through animal research that could help curb the epidemic. This post is devoted to the myths surrounding bariatric weight-loss...

About those New Year’s Resolutions…

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, average house cats should generally weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. However, in the spring of 2012, it was his weight that propelled a two-year-old 39-pound orange tabby named Meow into...

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