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

Questioning the Science Behind Vaccines?

NEW OUTBREAKS OF DISEASES LIKE MEASLES SHOW THE URGENT NEED TO NIX BAD SCIENCE, WHEREVER VACCINES ARE CONCERNED As the end-of-summer approaches, in the past few weeks millions of parents have shuttled their children to multiple doctors’...

3 Major Pet Medications Developed with Animal Testing

The author's brother with his dog, Archie, pictured left Fondly called “little old man” by his family, Archie certainly sounds like one, as his hacking cough disrupts playtime with his siblings. Archie, a 7-year-old Keeshond, has a case of...

4 Things I Learned Through My Dog’s Battle with Cancer

When you’re young, cancer often seems like something abstract and distant: something that happens to neighbors and strangers, but never in your own home. However, at 18 the disease hit in my home when my miniature schnauzer, Mabel, got bladder...

In Memoriam: Michael E. DeBakey, MD

On the ninth anniversary of his passing, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) remembers the extraordinary life and career of Michael E. DeBakey, MD (September 7, 1908—July 11, 2008). A cardiac surgeon, inventor, educator and medical statesman whose...

The Vaccine that Could Halt the Opioid Epidemic

Photo credit: Chuck Jines | chuckjines.com A pre-K teacher explains that forty percent of the kids in her class are raised by family members or guardians who are not their biological parents. She doesn’t even need to explain why; the woman she’s talking to, Melissa,...

New Threats of Zika Infection and Complications with Pregnancy

Recently, officials reported a dramatic increase in the number of babies in New York City who either tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus or were diagnosed with the characteristic developmental symptoms in the brain that are closely associated with the...

Animals: Serving our Veterans on and off the Battlefield

Per the Congressional Budget Office, military operations from 2003 to 2014 in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters have claimed the lives of 5,282 Americans in uniform. Their sacrifice, and the brave service of all personnel who have been killed in action, will be...

HIV Vaccines: The Journey from Fear to Hope

The prospect of a vaccine that could prevent new HIV infections is now possible, thanks to developments in antiretroviral medications that were first created in the mid-1980s and improved over the years by researchers working with animal models. Today, May 18, marks...

Animals in Medicine Cared for like the Heroes They Are

The animal research [community] has a history of silence that we are beginning to understand must be broken. The public doesn’t have the information needed to understand what happens in our facilities. They’ve been inundated by propaganda that, at best, misrepresents...

More Than Skin Deep

Owners know that the bond they share with their dogs is unlike anything other. Still, no matter how close the relationship between dogs and their human parents, nothing compares to the special kind of affection children and dogs share. So, it’s likely that your heart...

My Story: Closer with Every Discovery

I am in my fifties and I have the gene that causes Huntington's disease. This disease lays waste to entire families for generations. I am not a medical person, but I always knew I was at risk. In 1977 I started reading all the previous year's research on this disease....

Dr. Thomas Starzl: Transplant Pioneer, Animal Research Advocate

Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2017), known by many as the “Father of Transplantation,” is being mourned around the world.  His ground-breaking career in research and transplant surgery saved countless patients, allowing them to live longer and healthier.  The...

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