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A podcast dedicated to providing an accurate and alternate narrative to the public regarding the necessity of humane and ethical animal research. Lab Rat Chat was made possible through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, which is sponsored by the biomedical research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress.

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A podcast dedicated to providing an accurate and alternate narrative to the public regarding the necessity of humane and ethical animal research. Lab Rat Chat was made possible through the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, which is sponsored by the biomedical research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress.

    News Bite - June 2022

    News Bite - June 2022

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).
    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:
    The ability of animals to detect harsh speaking tonesBats and echolocationFirst-ever study showing that headbutting animals can and do suffer from traumatic brain injuriesA new incredible imaging technology to image the middle and inner ear Links to all these stories can be found below
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    Resources & Links:
    Traumatic Brain Injuries and Headbutting Animals Story - https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/head-cases-horned-animals-damage-their-brains-head-butting-each-other-say-scientists-1708397%3famp=1Middle Ear Imaging Technology Story - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphot.2022.929574/fullAnimals Interpretating Harsh Speaking Tones Story - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220524100557.htmBats and Echolocation Story - https://neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/news/bat-brains-organized-echolocation-and-flightTour an Animal Research LaboratoryAmericans for Medical Progress All Lab Rat Chat episodes are edited by Audionauts: https://audionauts.pro/ 
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    Lab Rat Chat Podcast Trailer

    Lab Rat Chat Podcast Trailer

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    27. The Bird is More than the Word, with Dr. Christine Lattin

    27. The Bird is More than the Word, with Dr. Christine Lattin

    Lab Rat Chat - Episode 27 with Dr. Christine Lattin
    In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Dr. Christine Lattin, an assistant professor at Louisiana State University.   She conducts incredible research using birds as a model to help our understanding of stress and how different neurotransmitters and hormones help wild animals successfully cope with challenges, from predators to disease.  Dr. Lattin's research will advance our understanding of how these hormone and neurotransmitter pathways work in humans as the pathways are very similar amongst all vertebrae species.  We also discuss an extensive and uncalled-for attack campaign by PETA on Dr. Lattin's research and personal life and how she's been able to continue to thrive and overcome these challenges.

    Topics discussed in this episode:
    Dr. Lattin's extensive and impressive background and her journey to get where she's at in her career today.Why and how birds are a critical model to use in order to understand her research interests.The future application of her research using birds and how it will be able to benefit humans and society.Why her research has been targeted by PETA, the extensive amount of work and money PETA has spent attacking her and her research, and how she's been able to adapt and overcome.Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support our podcast and biomedical research!
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    Resources & Links:
    What Makes Some More Afraid of Change than Others? (lsu.edu)LSU Biologist Examines Animal Resilience To StressAmericans for Medical ProgressAmericans for Medical Progress COVID-19 ResourcesFollow us on Twitter! Facebook! Instagram!
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    News Bite - May 2022

    News Bite - May 2022

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).
    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:
    Ticking time bombs within our cells may determine when we dieThe ability of simple mosquito brains to detect humansAn update on the first-ever pig to human heart transplantA potential vaccine for Alzheimer's disease which has shown promise in mice Links to all these stories can be found below
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    https://www.amprogress.org/raising-voices/lab-rat-chat/                                         
    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!
    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/
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    Resources & Links:
    Ticking time bombs of DNA mutation may dictate when animals die | Live ScienceMosquito brains encode unique features of human odour to drive host seeking | NaturePorcine Virus May Have Led to the Death of First-Ever Pig Heart Transplant Patient | Smart News| Smithsonian MagazineStudy preserves memory in mice, offering promising new basis for active immunization against Alzheimer's disease -- ScienceDailyTour an Animal Research LaboratoryAmericans for Medical Progress All Lab Rat Chat episodes are edited by Audionauts: https://audionauts.pro/ 
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    News Bite - March 2022

    News Bite - March 2022

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).
    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:
    How scientists have figured out a way to interpret pig grunts to reveal their emotionsJeff's lack of ability to pay attention to prior News Bite stories and re-tell a story from January about osteoarthritis (but, as a man with 4 kids, just happens to be able to make-up for it by having an additional story regarding male contraceptive research on hand and ready to go)The first ever genetic model of down syndrome in ratsThe mystifying way boa constrictors are able to breathe while squeezing their prey Links to all these stories can be found below
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    https://www.amprogress.org/raising-voices/lab-rat-chat/                                         
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    Resources & Links:
    Researchers Figure Out How to Interpret Pig Grunts as Pig Emotions - CNETThe pill for men: Mice study shows 99% effectiveness (medicalnewstoday.com)To be thorough - Jeff's repeated story: Implant zaps the inside of the knee joint to stimulate the growth of cartilage | Daily Mail OnlineScientists Create Novel Genetic Model of Down Syndrome in Rats (hopkinsmedicine.org)How Boa Constrictors Breathe While Squeezing the Life Out of Their Prey | Science| Smithsonian MagazineTour an Animal Research LaboratoryAmericans for Medical Progress All Lab Rat Chat episodes are edited by Audionauts: https://audionauts.pro/ 
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    News Bite - February 2022

    News Bite - February 2022

    News Bites are monthly episodes where Danielle and Jeff break down important topics surrounding the field of biomedical research (and some unrelated topics).
    In this News Bite edition, Jeff and Danielle discuss:
    A new way to treat bacterial pneumonia in mice without using antibioticsChimpanzees catching insects and using them to treat their woundsParalyzed men able to walk again following spinal implantRegenerating frog legs and the possibility of one day growing human limbs for amputees Links to all these stories can be found below
     Sign up for the Lab Rat Chat newsletter!
    https://www.amprogress.org/raising-voices/lab-rat-chat/                                         
    Purchase Lab Rat Chat merch and help support the podcast and biomedical research!
    https://labratchat.myteespring.co/
    Follow us on Twitter! Facebook! Instagram!             

    Resources & Links:
    3 paralyzed men can walk again after getting electrode implant | Live ScienceChimpanzees Appear to Use Insects to Treat Their Wounds | Smart News | Smithsonian MagazineResearchers target a mouse’s own cells, rather than using antibiotics, to treat pneumonia -- ScienceDailyFrogs regrow amputated legs in breakthrough experiment | Live ScienceTour an Animal Research LaboratoryAmericans for Medical Progress All Lab Rat Chat episodes are edited by Audionauts: https://audionauts.pro/ 
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Thathanjka ,

Love the show

Great show! Love listening to it. I work at a barn part time on the weekend and my coworker yelled, did that just say LAB RAT CHAT?!

SabYarp ,

Potential for More is Dripping

Your mission for this podcast is spot on. I LOVE hearing articles that may have been missed or haven’t been given the chance to be heard yet. I’m a ACT/RA and this podcast continues to let me nerd out about the field. Critical Feedback: Episodes could be slightly more organized/filled. Maybe more facts about vivariums or research job positions. Or some history sections of how we even got to todays hypotheses. Continue using this platform! Edit: Lovely May Episode 😉 Congratulations on graduating!!

UNCTech ,

Episode 15!!

What an interesting and comprehensive podcast! I work as a lab animal technician and I really enjoyed this guest. She was very informative while also being human, entertaining and engaging. Keep up the good work!!

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