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FDA No Longer Requires Animal Testing Before Human Clinical Trials

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no longer requiring pharmaceutical companies to test new drugs and biologics (vaccines) on animals prior to human clinical trials and licensure. This is a change that animal welfare advocates have been pushing for a long time. In December 2022, President Biden signed legislation ending a requirement that […]

FDA Removes Informed Consent Protections from Some Human Clinical Trials

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that authorizes some experimental human clinical trials to operate without first obtaining informed consent from participants. The new rule, which took effect on Jan. 22, 2024, allows clinical investigations that pose no more than a “minimal risk” and have appropriate safeguards to protect […]

Dopamine Neurons May Be Damaged by SARS-CoV-2

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A new study provides evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect brain cells responsible for mood, movement and stress, causing a disruption in dopamine production and leading to symptoms such as feeling sad and brain fog. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, […]

New Bat Virus Identified in Thailand

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Eco-Health Alliance, the New York-based non-profit that used U.S. government money to fund gain- of-function research on coronaviruses in bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), research that has been implicated in the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, recently announced that a new virus has been identified in bats in Thailand.1 2 Dr. Peter […]

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