The Role of Animal Research in the President’s Cancer Moonshot

During his final State of the Union address to Congress, President Barack Obama announced the creation of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force to make stronger strides to defeat cancer.  The White House hopes to achieve this by accelerating the understanding of cancer, improving patient access, encouraging the development of innovative treatments, and by identifying and addressing any unnecessary regulatory burdens that delays research.

Once crucial element that will undoubtedly be a critical piece of the puzzle is animal research and just yesterday the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) took a detailed look at the discoveries brought to fruition thanks to animals.  Whether it be immunotherapy, epigenetics, or cell-based therapy, animals like rats, mice, zebrafish, and fruit flies have helped pave the path to healing and recovery and will likely continue to be influential during this campaign.

FBR’s review of animal research in the President’s cancer initiative can be found here.  We encourage you to comment with your thoughts and to share FBR’s posting on social media with friends, family, and colleagues.