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

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...

My Story: Why I Do What I Do (Part 2)

This is the second 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. Teaching others  As I shared on my last blog post, my path to finding a career, and my passion in...

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 else,...

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...

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, accounting...

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...

Lifesaving Benefits of Primate Research

Introducing FBR's newest pieces on the critical and life-saving role of non-human primates in research 95% of the animals in medical research are rats and mice. Only half of 1 percent are primates, that's a really tiny number. So when a few people say "Let's stop...

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...

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