Heart tissue chips sent to space

NAVS has long supported research efforts utilizing human-relevant models, such as tissue chips, which are designed to replicate the structure and function of human tissues and organs. These chips also have the potential to reduce, and even replace, the need … Continued

Help NAVS Fund Smarter Science

NAVS is proud of the investment we make in promoting the value of humane science and supporting the development of scientific approaches and models that can reduce, and possibly replace, the use of animals in experimentation.  Each year, thanks to … Continued

European Animal Use Report Should be Model for U.S.

NAVS has long advocated for increased transparency and accountability regarding animal use by scientists in the United States. Specifically, we have, for many years, asked the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to model … Continued

Catching up with IFER Fellowship Recipient Aline Zbinden

This week’s Science First highlights the work of Aline Zbinden, recipient of the NAVS/International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. NAVS recently had the opportunity to touch base with Aline, … Continued

More Transparency Trouble

Obtaining data, statistics and details regarding the use—and abuse—of animals in research continues to be increasingly difficult, with roadblocks preventing the free and open access to information. This distressing reality is further supported by the most recent Freedom of Information … Continued

The Game-Changing Body-on-a-Chip

Researchers at the Wyss Institute in Boston have successfully created a revolutionary human-relevant in vitro model, the “body-on-a-chip,” by linking several organ chip devices together. The sophisticated technology has the potential to reduce animal use in many areas of research including the … Continued

Government Report Shows Increase in Animal Use

The long-awaited report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) outlining the most recent information regarding the number of Animal Welfare Act (AWA)-covered animals used by USDA licensees was just released.  The … Continued

Using Smarter Science to Tackle Brain Cancer

As a first-year recipient of the NAVS/International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Fellowship, Sarah Stuart is passionate about developing better, and more humane, cancer models to improve human health.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Rod Luwor, Sarah has been … Continued

Smoking Robot May Save Human–and Animal–Lives

Cigarette smoke exposure is a major cause of human disease and a leading cause of death around the world. Although we know smoking causes lung disease, limitations with existing cell and animal models have hindered researchers from fully understanding the … Continued

Animal “donors” are the wrong solution to transplant shortage

According to popular science journals Nature and Science, 2020 could be a problematic year for research animals, particularly those involved in experiments surrounding xenotransplantation. Scientists have been looking into xenotransplantation, the process of transplanting tissues or organs between members of … Continued