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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

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

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

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

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

“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?

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...

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