December 17, 2011

Congress Adding Pressure

1 Group Calls for Humane Chimp Research

The use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral labs should be considered more closely, advises an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee. A report released by IOM calls for more stringent limits on the use of the primates in labs at the National Institutes of Health. CNN says the report comes amid pressure from Congress to make sure that research is performed humanely. IOM called for "greater justification for conducting research" with chimps. They say chimps should only be used if the project cannot be performed in an ethical manner on people. Based on the new criteria, chimps aren't necessary for most biomedical research. For behavioral research, IOM suggests limiting chimp use in studies that provide very few insights into behavior, cognitive skills and mental and emotional health.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Chimp Research, Government Research on Chimpanzees, Humane Chimpanzee Research, Institute of Medicine Committee, Chimps in Behavioral Research, Harvey Fineberg

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Stimulates T Cells

2 Peptide Cocktail Fights Multiple Myeloma

New research conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has found that a cocktail of four antigen peptides elicits a strong immune response against human multiple myeloma cells in vitro. The peptide comes from a protein on the cancer cells. Previous research utilizing one antigen failed to generate an immune response that was sufficient enough to fight the cancer because they can appear, disappear and mutate in order to evade the immune system. Four peptides were selected and tested individually to see if they stimulated T-cells to attack the cancer cells. Researchers then combined all four and found that the cocktail generated a greater response against multiple targets. The research team is going to set up a clinical trial in patients with early stage, untreated multiple myeloma.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Multiply Myeloma Drug Increases Survival

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Multiple Myeloma, Peptides, Immunotherapy

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