Tag Archives: laboratory

New plan to reduce the use of animals in research

Here in Britain, scientists’ use of lab animals is very tightly constrained (my tag ‘lab animal’.) But we want to ‘Replace, Reduce and Refine the Use of Animals in Research’. The Three Rs. Our Department for Business, Innovation & Skills … Continue reading

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Toxic pesticides

Gilles-Eric Séralini is famous for publishing controversial evidence that lab rats (Rattus norvegicus) got tumours after they ate genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) maize (corn, Zea mays). Prof Séralini’s website explains that the maize was a Roundup Ready crop called … Continue reading

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Animal research, how it is

Understanding Animal Research (UAR) is a British group. It exists ‘to provide all you want to know about animal research, whether you are a concerned member of the public or have a special interest.’ I like UAR’s factual style, a … Continue reading

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Vaccinating against tuberculosis (part 1)

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. It develops slowly but it ends up very nasty. You might choose to follow the ‘tuberculosis’ tag on my blog. Here in Britain … Continue reading

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Jumping species: how good intentions spread diseases

Ian Le Guillou at Understanding Animal Research (UAR) tells us how infectious diseases jump between species. These jumps often happen because of things that humans do. Sometimes, the disease jumps to us. Diseases that can infect humans and also other … Continue reading

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Getting to the grist about GM (part 5)

My fellow blogger applpy at Thought + Food draws attention to a series of articles about genetic modification. That’s GM, also called genetic engineering or GE. It’s a kind of biotechnology. These articles (see my ‘biotechnology’ tag) are by Nathanael … Continue reading

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Electric cars and bacterial plastics

We need to get better at using organisms. Organisms are alive so they can breed. That is, they’re renewable. Some of them can be used in ways that, people claim, are sustainable. That is, using some organisms is supposed to … Continue reading

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When it comes to food, technology won’t save us

argylesock says… Food security isn’t all about GM (genetic modification, GE) and other kinds of biotech. But those can help.

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It’s not natural! Intensive farming, synthetic food and synthetic genes

Is it natural? Whatever ‘it’ might be. We live in a world where genes are synthesised routinely and synthetic food isn’t far away. I don’t think there’s much point even asking about ‘natural’ any more. The US Supreme Court has … Continue reading

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Two thirds of the British public are unaware animal cosmetic testing is illegal in UK

When I mention lab animals, nearly everybody assumes that I’m talking about torturing innocent creatures – shampoo in bunnies’ eyes – but it’s not so. Here in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, that kind of thing has been illegal for … Continue reading

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