Animal welfare & alternatives
Mice use minimised by mini-liver break through
26th February 2014
Research that has for the first time successfully grown "mini-livers" from adult mouse stem cells has won the UK's international prize for the scientific and technological advance with the most potential to replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in science (the 3Rs).
42 thousand red-listed turtles taken per year
24th February 2014
A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles – and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.
Bat populations rise
30th January 2014
by Theodore Roethke
Avoiding turtle by-catch in the Mediterranean
7th January 2014
The Mediterranean is a dangerous place for turtles with between 10 and 20 % of the population killed annually.
Declining Hen Harrier populations in the UK
25th November 2013
The hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) was once widespread across Britain, but it has endured decades of persecution, which first forced this bird of prey out of mainland Britain by 1900.
Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three quarters of winter water birds
14th November 2013
The largest lake in Britain and Ireland, Lough Neagh, has lost more than three quarters of its overwintering water birds according to researchers at Queen’s University Belfast.
New botox could reduce animal toxicology testing
5th November 2013
Scientists have developed a new form of botox that lasts for months without the toxic side-effects of the current treatment used in the medical and cosmetic industries.
‘Turning point’ in Alzheimer’s treatment
10th October 2013
A new compound that reduces brain cell death in mice could mark a new target for treatments against Alzheimer’s disease.
New EU guide to alternatives to animal testing
9th September 2013
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a second edition of its European Reference Laboratory for Alternatives (EURL Ecvam) to Animal Testing search guide.
Fire salamanders wiped out by newly found fungus
2nd September 2013
Fire salamanders are now all but extinct in Holland.
Animal research awards
28th August 2013
The Basel Declaration has announced the winner of its Award for Education in Animal Research
Symposium on the 3Rs
24th June 2013
The joint NC3Rs and Society of Biology symposium held in London on Wednesday brought together researchers from disparate fields to share their work in replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research.
Prize for technique that reduces number of animals in spinal injury research
7th May 2013
A scientist from the University of Glasgow has been awarded a 3Rs Prize for developing a cell-based technique that models severed nerves usually studied in animals.
New foot-and-mouth vaccine
27th March 2013
Foot-and-mouth disease (Aphthae epizooticae) is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids such as cattle and sheep.
17th January 2013
Crustaceans such as crabs, prawns and lobsters are not covered by animal welfare legislation because they were thought not to feel pain.