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Feeding white rats at an animal laboratory of a medical school in Chongqing Municipality, China. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that 47% of Americans favor the use of animals in scientific research while 52% oppose the practice.

The big picture: The use of animals in scientific research remains a controversial issue between scientists, activists and often politicians, Pew explains. Some groups argue the practice is necessary to develop treatments for medical conditions and diseases, while others say experimenting on animals is unethical and inhumane.

By the numbers: According to the survey, opinions of animal testing do not adhere to partisan lines, but is split among genders and education levels as those with higher education levels or scientific knowledge tend to favor the practice.

  • 50% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are in favor of using animals in scientific research.
  • 45% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor the practice.
  • 58% of men favor the practice.
  • 36% of women favor the practice.
  • 59% of people with a postgraduate degree favor the practice.
  • 40% of people with a high school degree or less favor the practice.

Flashback: President Trump signed legislation earlier this year limiting the use of dogs in research conducted by the Veterans Affairs Department. However, Pew notes, 40 scientific and medical groups opposed the bipartisan legislation, arguing the practice was helpful in developing cures for human disorders.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.