Category Archives: Animals in Research

USDA removes, then returns records to its website

In a confusing series of events, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) first removed all regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records from its website, then returned many of the same documents online in response to public outcry. According to APHIS, all records pertaining to… Read More »

Reporting of environmental factors in animal facilities needs improvement, FASEB says

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) encouraged increased communications about environmental factors potentially affecting animal research in its response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). The RFI sought input from the community on the significance of environmental conditions (e.g.,… Read More »

National academies workshop on animal models for microbiome research

The National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Roundtable will host a workshop entitled, “Animal Models for Microbiome Research: Advancing Basic and Translational Science” on December 19–20. The workshop agenda includes discussions on the standardization and biological variability in gnotobiotic organisms, the translatability of preclinical studies to humans, alternative models for microbiome research, and… Read More »

New resources highlight critical role of nonhuman primates in medical research

A new white paper stresses the essential role that non-human primates (NHPs) play in advancing human health.  “The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research,” is the result of efforts led by the Foundation for Biomedical Research with collaboration from eight other scientific organizations, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)… Read More »

NIH Workshop to Evaluate Non-Human Primate Research Planned for September

On May 24, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans for a workshop to discuss the oversight mechanisms governing the use of non-human primates (NHPs) in NIH-funded research. The event is scheduled for September 7 and will convene science, policy, and animal welfare experts. Workshop participants will review recent research involving NHPs and discuss… Read More »

FASEB Identifies Ways to Reduce Burden at USDA

On May 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on identifying and reducing regulatory burdens. The RFI sought feedback from the community on USDA regulations that could be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make their… Read More »