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Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don’t Address the Root Causes


With the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded raging across West Africa and as two Americans who were infected in Liberia have entered the U.S. for treatment, the question has been raised: will Ebola happen in the U.S? Actually, an Ebola outbreak has happened in the U.S. before — not just once, but at least three […]

Dr. Akhtar featured in Nick News

Dr. Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH

Dr. Akhtar featured in Nick News with Linda Ellerbee discussing animal experimentation and the need to use more effective testing methods. Read more

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Kitten skull experiment

I once attended a neuroscience conference featuring a talk about spinal cord injury. The presenter showed a brief video clip that haunts me still to this day. ¬†The presenter showed a clip of his experiment in which he had crushed a cat’s spinal cord and was recording the cat’s movement on a treadmill. He had […]

Why Our Health Depends on Treating Animals Better

Hens in cages

An international group of scientists recently ended a year-long moratorium¬†on controversial research on potentially deadly strains of the H5N1 avian flu virus. The purpose of the research was to engineer strains of H5N1 in order to understand how it might gain the ability to spread easily among people. Regardless of whether or not this research […]