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Animal Research Plays a Key Role in Developing Important Vaccines

Animal models have been used in biomedical research for hundreds of years, and some of the most important breakthroughs animal research has made possible are vaccines. Research with mice, rats, and other animals has led to vaccines for polio, several types of meningitis, typhus, whooping cough, smallpox, tetanus, measles, cholera, and many more.

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Gender: The Hidden Variable in Animal Research

Every scientist that has conducted experimental research with animal subjects knows that an essential part of any experiment is determining which variables have the potential to affect the outcome. Ideally the variables not being tested are known and controlled, but in some cases unknown variables have caused skewed and unexpected results.

One of the variables that continues to pop up as an influencing factor in research is gender.

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The Importance of STEM Mentoring for Kids

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, kids’ top dream jobs include dancer, actor, musician, athlete, detective, and astronaut.

While all of these jobs are legitimate careers (wizard and superhero did not make the list, at least), most are extremely difficult to transform from a dream into a real career. But #4 on the list of kids’ dream jobs was more promising: scientist.

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The Importance of Physiological Monitoring in Preclinical Research

Laboratory animals are a valuable resource. Using mice and rats as surgical models for biomedical research represents a significant investment of time and money. Researchers who are privileged to work with live animals bear a responsibility to respect their resources and understand that it’s important to do everything possible to achieve the most accurate data, while at the same time maximizing the safety of the animals.

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The Future for Women in STEM Fields

In 2017, James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired for posting a memo claiming that women were biologically and psychologically less suited to working in high-tech career fields.

The memo got Damore fired from Google, but the idea that women are less capable of performing at high levels in technical fields isn’t a new one. Like Damore, those who have propagated the stereotype say it’s “backed by science,” citing questionable claims about brain structure, inherent psychological traits, or even temperament.

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Animal Research Plays a Key Role in 2017 Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded annually for outstanding discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine that benefit humankind.

This year, the prize was awarded jointly to three Americans—Michael Rosbash, Jeffrey C. Hall, and Michael W. Young—for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm, the internal biological clock that regulates critical functions such as behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.

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The Importance of Maintaining the Proper Body Temperature of Lab Animals During Surgery

When conducting surgery with anesthesia on small animals in a clinical setting, special care must be taken to maintain the animal’s body temperature at its optimum level. Adequate body temperature is important not only for the comfort of the animal and physiological well-being, but to minimize risks from anesthesia and encourage recovery from the surgery.

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