Tagged: mice

Are 300 animals a day really tortured for scientific research in New Zealand? Part II - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 29, 2016

In the spirit of openness and transparency, I want to share what 42 animals that were involved in my 2014 research efforts experienced. I recently blogged about Paul Henry’s interview with NZ Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) executive director Stephen Mason, in which Paul Henry repeatedly referred to the 300 animals a day tortured to death in the name of … Read More

Setting sail for the Subantarctics - Field Work

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 22, 2016

Update: The HMNZS Canterbury is being deployed to the Pacific to help Fiji in the recovery from Cyclone Winston. At this stage, Operation Endurance is suspended. Feb 24, 2016. It’s not every day you get a phone call asking if you’d like to jump on a boat for a few weeks and travel to a part of New … Read More

Monday Micro – artificial sweeteners & a dose of bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

“Sugarcubes” by Pallbo – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. There has been quite a bit of coverage of a recent Nature paper reporting a link between artificial sweeteners and high blood glucose levels (1) – an important finding if true, as high blood glucose levels are … Read More

Male researchers scare the sh*t out of laboratory mice! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 30, 2014

According to this press release, researchers at McGill University in Montreal have discovered that the presence of a male researcher (or even his worn t-shirt) stresses laboratory mice and rats, the equivalent to making them swim for 3 minutes or restraining them in a tube for 15 minutes. The research has just been published in the … Read More

Could dad’s-to-be drinking cause foetal abnormalities? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 19, 2014

“Until now fathers’ lifestyle choices have not seen any repercussion on their unborn children. This ground-breaking research provides the first definitive evidence that fathers’ drinking habits pre-conception can cause significant fetal abnormalities.” That was from a press release for a paper in a little known journal called Animals, Cells and Systems. The foetal abnormalities they are referring to are … Read More

Our experiment in open science begins! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 24, 2013

In early 2012 I came across the SciFund Challenge started by two ecologists from the US National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California, Dr. Jai Ranganathan and Dr. Jarrett Byrnes. With a passion for communicating science to the public, and spurred on by budget cuts, Jai and Jarrett … Read More

Botulism or not? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 01, 2013

MPI says Fonterra whey powder not contaminated with botulism-toxin producing bacterium. Over the past few days I’ve been contacted by a number of journalists asking how this case of mistaken identity could have been made. “What did they do wrong?” has been the main question. To answer that we need to know all the details of the experiments and see … Read More

Monday Micro – first animal model of sexual transmission of HIV - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 19, 2013

Taken from http://www.medicalopedia.org/4240/interview-of-a-pakistani-patient-with-hiv-aids-infection/ According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, at the end of 2011, 34 million people worldwide were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) responsible for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system progressively fails. That same year, 2.5 million people became newly infected, and 1.7 million … Read More

WANTED – for grandest wildlife experiment ever… - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jun 07, 2013

Back by popular demand… In response to requests after my previous post “Cats indoors Karori… Killing Fields Kelburn”, and yesterdays article by Matt Stewart in the Dominion Post, I have devised the following 5 question survey… Click here to take survey to find out how people would like to be involved in New Zealand’s grandest … Read More

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