South Korean and Chinese scientists make ‘double-muscled’ pigs by editing a single gene. Nature news online.
2 July 2015. The RSPCA has launched a campaign warning people not to leave dogs in cars because pets can die quickly, even on overcast days. Link to the RSPCA website.
2 July 2015. A new cancer treatment that uses the human immune system to combat tumour progress has been approved for use in the UK.
More on the BBC website.
“Total animal replacement in human medicine is a realistic goal but it’s a difficult challenge and it’s going to be a long-term goal.”
That was one of the conclusions of a debate held by FRAME at the Kennel Club, London in April. A video of the discussions is now available online by clicking here: FRAME Debate.
FRAME has responded to recent press stories of mouse head transplants being carried out in China. The Wall Street Journal has reported that surgeon Professor Xiaoping Ren has carried out procedures on more than 1,000 mice, and plans to extend his work to non-human primates – even though none of the mice has survived for more than […]
A university in the United Arab Emirates has introduced a human-based experiment as a way of replacing animal models of the effects of drugs on body organs. Medical students now dose themselves with coffee to observe how the stimulant properties of caffeine affect them.
The new scheme is described in the latest edition of PiLAS (Perspectives […]
The discussion this week of the “Stop Vivisection” initiative has highlighted several extremely important issues.
Firstly, the high priority that needs to be given to replacement of animal experiments with scientifically valid alternatives.
Secondly, the limited relevance to human disease processes of many animal studies.
Thirdly, the poor understanding across much of society of why animal experiments are […]
The European Parliament has discussed the future of animal experiments, in response to a 1.2 million signature petition calling for existing laws to be scrapped. A recommendation will now be passed to the European Commission to debate the topic more fully.
The petition was organised by the Italian-based Stop Vivisection citizens’ initiative. It pointed out to […]
The first FRAME debate was a huge success. It brought together experts from across the fields of industry, academia, politics, animal welfare and science promotion to discuss the proposition: Total animal replacement in human medicine is a realistic goal.
The speakers were: Dr Brian Burlinson, VP Safety Assessment and Principal Scientist at Huntingdon Life Sciences; Dr […]
FRAME is holding its first ever debate tomorrow (April 23) in London, on what can be done to bring an end to animal experiments more quickly. Experts from across the fields of industry, academia, politics, animal welfare and science promotion will get together to discuss the current status of alternatives to animal testing.
The debate aims […]