Category Archives: Animals in Research

FASEB Policy Update

Last week, FASEB submitted letters on policies of concern to working scientists.  Two of the letters pertained to the humane use of animals in biomedical and biological research, and the third on data science in biomedicine. FASEB addressed the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans… Read More »

New Report Promotes Regulatory Efficiency in Animal Research

A new report from FASEB and its partners contains proposed changes to federal regulations, policies, and guidelines governing the use of animals in research. Directed to federal agencies involved in the oversight of federally funded animal research – primarily the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the recommendations aim… Read More »

FASEB Comments on Future Nonhuman Primate Resources

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). ORIP was seeking comment on 1) capabilities of organizations and universities to provide research resources necessary for nonhuman primate (NHP) research, and 2) information on… Read More »

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 »