We, as scientists, have become desensitized to the pain, the distress and the physical and emotional damage that we inflict on laboratory animals. So much so, that we constantly find justifications for our cruel experiments in the goal of finding cures for the illnesses of our conspecifics, and in the rules and regulations that authorize … More Forced to suffer for science: From animal cruelty and experimental inefficiency to a change of perspective.
I’m warning you, this is going to be a long one! But it’s interesting, I promise. There is a lot of confusion and mixed opinions when it comes to depression. Some people use the term inappropriately, to describe what is in fact grief (the feeling of sadness that humans, and presumably other animals, experience after … More Depression and why some of us are SAD
About a year ago, I posted an article entitled Autism, which was meant to be more of an introduction into autistic spectrum disorders. Since then, I’ve been meaning to come back to this topic and provide more details about the mechanisms leading to autism, but I knew I need to do some proper research, which … More Decoding autism
Some of you have emailed me asking about what things we should stay away from during pregnancy, in order to avoid changing the normal course of a baby’s development. If you remember from the article about gender identity and sexual preferences see here, one of the most important factors in an individual’s development is represented by sex hormones … More Some mentions about the latest topic
We are all well aware of how serious and, unfortunately, wide-spread drug addiction is, yet we don’t actually know what makes people so dependent of a drug after they have started using it. Even more intriguing is why former addicts, who have stopped using drugs for weeks or months, revert back to drug use, knowing … More Why drugs are actually bad!