Animal welfare & alternatives
Mice, MRI's and microchips
11th December 2012
As Christmas and the New Year loom, politicians across Europe are in the final stages of affirming new laws to embed the concept of replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in scientific research.
“Lung on a chip” could reduce the use of animals
16th November 2012
Scientists have invented a device that mimics the air pockets of the human lung, allowing them to study lung disease and test new therapies without using animals.
Record amount awarded for research to reduce animal experiments
26th July 2012
The NC3Rs has today announced 21 new grants totalling £5.1 million for research to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in science – referred to as 'the 3Rs’.
Predictive power of the parallel approach
3rd April 2012
An innovative approach to clinical trials could improve the predictive power of both human trials and animal studies, bringing both patient and animal welfare benefits.
Stem cells win prizes
28th February 2012
Liver cells that mimic inherited liver diseases, produced from human skin cells, may offer the chance to regenerate damaged tissues and organs.
Nearly £1 million towards replacing cancer tests
6th February 2012
Scientists have been awarded nearly £1 million to develop new test methods that should substantially reduce the numbers of animals used for testing chemicals which may cause cancer.
Gene confers resistance to Marek’s disease
14th December 2011
Scientists have identified a gene that appears to make chickens immune to the deadly Marek's virus - responsible for millions of deaths in chickens each year.
#WW award for NC3Rs review
5th October 2011
Our Wedneday Winner today is the NC3Rs for producing a really clear, accessible and comprehensive review of the work it funds.
Replacing animals with nerves on a chip
21st September 2011
A team of scientists have developed a way of guiding nerve cells to set up complicated networks that mimic the ones found in the brain.
'Glow in the dark' cats aids HIV research
19th September 2011
Scientists inserted two genes into cats: the first is taken from macaque monkeys and helps the cat resist the feline form of Aids; the second is a fluorescent gene from jellyfish that helps the researchers literally see where the added anti-aids gene is active.
Safer treatment for sleeping sickness
9th September 2011
Scientists have trialled a safer way of treating sleeping sickness in mice by modifying an existing medicine.
Computer model predicts effect of medicines on heart
5th September 2011
Scientists have developed a computer model that predicts the effect of anti-arrhythmic medicines on the heart.
Allergy testing with human cells
10th August 2011
Allergic reactions to everyday chemicals are common causing eczema in millions of people, and tests on animals have been important in testing new chemicals for skin sensitisation.
Committing to the three Rs
18th July 2011
The UK Home Office this morning agreed arrangements to deliver two Coalition commitments relating to the use of animals in scientific research
Polar bears and brown bears interbred
8th July 2011
A genetic study of living and the ancient remains of polar and brown bears has revealed that they interbred during the last ice age and that modern polar bears are descended on the female side from brown bears that lived in Ireland.