RIP Dr. Kelsey

RIP Dr. Kelsey

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the FDA scientist who kept thalidomide off U.S. market, has died at age 101.  You may not know her name, but she played a pivotal role in drug development requirements generally and the importance of animal research specifically. In fact, it was Dr. Kelsey who continually rejected approval of thalidomide from the US […]

Scare Tactics and You

Scare Tactics and You

Picture, if you will, the following scene: The subject is at a medical facility, getting an injection he doesn’t want. He is screaming, wailing, thrashing. Nobody is giving him anything for his pain. Nobody is helping him at all. The medical professional holds the squirming patient down while steadying the needle. Her assistants in the […]

University of Wisconsin, cats and protesters- who’s right?

University of Wisconsin, cats and protesters- who’s right?

If you haven’t already heard of this controversy, let me give you a very brief overview. Since 2009, PETA has been targeting a research lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for controversial research involving cats. Recently, PETA purchased ads on the sides of Madison buses, showing pictures of a lab cat named Double Trouble and asking […]