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Easy-to-read articles about animal testing and research.

How Man’s Best Friend is Helping Cancer Treatment

  “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart… Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all...

My Story: Why I Do What I Do

This is the first of a two-part blog post that shares the journey of someone who, from heartache, found her purpose and passion for laboratory animal care and research. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cystic fibrosis – these are ugly words.  I hate the...

FBR Statement on USDA Electronic Records Access

On Friday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced discontinued electronic access to inspection reports, annual reports and enforcement records from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website known as the Animal Care Information System...

Multiple Steps Ensure a Scientifically and Ethically Sound Process

Medical advances of the past century, ranging from vaccines to organ transplants to cancer treatment, were made possible by animal research. Animal models allow researchers to study complex systems that cannot yet be reproduced in other ways. Federal laws mandate that...

This Story Changed My Mind About Dogs In Research

Did you know that for the past five years the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received more funding from the National Science Foundation than any other university? After spending two years there, and the last seven months working as a public affairs...

Animals in Biomedical Research: the Least of our Animal Welfare Concerns

by Madeline Mahoney During Allison Gurney’s last day as our AP Biology student teacher, our class learned about animal research in biomedical studies. After Ms. Gurney’s presentation on her research experience using animals, the class participated in a group activity....

Brain Study with Monkeys Paves Way for Paralysis Treatment

Significant Advancement Biomedical research is breaking ground in finding ways to help the more than 250,000 Americans paralyzed from spinal cord injuries (SCIs) gain better access to everyday life. Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in...

The 5 Most Expensive Diseases and the Animals Helping to Combat Them

Health care costs have been a hot button topic in recent years, and rightfully so. The United States spends an extraordinary amount of money on health care each year – $9,523 for every man, woman and child to be exact. This totals over 1 trillion dollars,...

5 Deadliest Diseases and the Animals Helping to Fight Them

Five diseases account for forty percent of all deaths worldwide, approximately 22 million people every year. Despite this seemingly large number, the global mortality rate has steadily declined over the past few decades, with one of the primary contributors to its...

How Animal Research Helps Livestock

This is the final installment of our four-part series on how animal research helps animals. Click to view part 1 on endangered species, part 2 on our pets, and part 3 on our nation’s wildlife. Despite having always lived in a city, I am surprisingly enthusiastic about...

How Animal Research Helps Wildlife

This is the third part of our four-part series on how animal research helps animals. Click to view part 1 on endangered species and part 2 on pets. Did you know the nation’s wildlife play an important role in everything from our ecosystem to the economy? The delicate...

How Animal Research Helps Pets

This is the second part of a four-part blog series on the ways animal research helps animals. Part one can be found here. Emma, my pet beagle, was about a year old when my family adopted her. Initially, she seemed like a healthy dog, aside from some abandonment...

How Animal Research Helps Endangered Species

This is the first of a four-part blog series on the ways animal research helps animals. Endangerment and extinction are impacting several species of animals globally. From deforestation and urbanization, to poaching, pollution, and incurable disease, many argue we...

Rio Olympics’ Special Guest: Asthma

Amidst the frenzy and excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympics, it is important to reflect on the game’s purpose; to display the dedication and talent of the world’s greatest athletes. The records set in the coming days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will define the upper...

Diabetes Research Helps People and Dogs

As the owner of a beagle, I know they can eat until they vomit, and then some. Thus, because of their enthusiastic vigor for eating, they can be prone to obesity. Aside from the strain the extra weight puts on their joints, it also renders them susceptible to a...

My Lupus Story: How Animal Research Saved My Life

This guest post was written by Jordana Lenon for our Share Your Story series. Jordana is the public information and outreach specialist for the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of...

Pat Summitt’s Legacy is More than Basketball

This morning, a champion for Alzheimer’s research, a legendary coach, dedicated mother and courageous woman was lost. For nearly four decades, Pat Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols basketball team. In that time, she achieved the...

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