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Are animal models predictive?

There are many ways in which animals are used in science, but their role as models for predicting human outcome is especially controversial. Read ‘Are animal models predictive for humans?’  by Niall Shanks, Ray Greek and Jean Greek, originally published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine.


Autism: where are we heading?

22 March 2011: The prevalence of autism is growing too quickly for it to be a genetic disorder. Instead, autism is probably caused by exposure of the fetus to harmful substances. [article computer-translated from the French] The causes of autism are to be

Tap water: you said “potable”?

25 December 2010: Tap water is deemed safe to drink if the concentration of dangerous chemicals within it does not reach a certain threshold. But these thresholds are simplistic, outdated and irrelevant. [article computer-translated from the French] Tap water may be subject to

500 deaths in France linked to “Mediator” drug

25 November 2010: The diabetes drug fiasco illustrates what happens when regulatory authorities allow the pharmaceutical industry to test drug safety by “cherry picking” animal species. The diabetes drug “Mediator” is another unfortunate example of what happens when regulatory authorities allow the pharmaceutical
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Canada considers BPA toxic

15 October 2010: The Canadian government has issued a final order classifying bisphenol A (BPA) as a toxic substance to be added to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). With this, Canada leads the world in protecting the public health
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Denmark bans bisphenol A in children’s food packaging

31 August 2010: Denmark has introduced a temporary ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food contact materials for young children amid fears the chemical could inhibit brain development. See the story at