Sometimes the likelihood of a study being published is affected not by the results, but by the approach of the study. Animal Method Bias falls into this category: it is described as a preference for animal-based methods, which affects the likelihood of a study being accepted for publication.
This pioneering UK Helpathon represents the first step towards the goal of a network of international Helpathons under one umbrella. This would connect collaborators and ideas to each other, helping to create a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering.
The Home Office unit responsible for regulating animal experiments has published a long-awaited report into animal welfare breaches in British laboratories. This describes deeply troubling incidents including a non-human primate dying after becoming trapped behind a restraint device, 16 rats dying of suffocation and numerous incidents of animals being left without food or water.
Emily-Rose Martin, a University of Exeter graduate and former Animal Free Research UK Summer Student, has discovered a new, animal-free method through which neuroscientists can produce human neuron-like cells to study brain development.
Our Summer School returned a triumphant success after a forced virtual event last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer saw 16 early career scientists from leading universities work on projects to find treatments for human diseases using cutting-edge, humane research.