Animal welfare & alternatives
Tasmanian Devil genome sequenced
21st September 2010
The Tasmanian Devil is at risk of extinction in the wild due to a transmissible cancer passed on when one animal bites another.
Why older women fail to conceive
3rd September 2010
As women get older the chances of infertility, birth defects and developmental disabilities go up.
Shellfish toxin testing
23rd August 2010
The recently published Annual report (2009) of the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate and Division highlights progress towards suitable alternatives to replace the use of mice in the testing for toxins in shellfish.
Ferrets, flu, fish and pharmaceuticals
26th July 2010
Grants worth £4 million have just been announced for 13 science projects that aim to minimise the use of laboratory animals and improve their welfare.
Artificial lung an alternative test-bed?
2nd July 2010
A functional artificial lung on a chip, which mimics the behavour of mouse lungs, has been created.
Canine cancer consortium
15th June 2010
Two organisations have joined together to further research into canine cancer.
Dogs knees hold sporting injury clue
18th May 2010
Canine genetics may be able to explain why both humans and dogs develop ligament injuries.
Artificial skin graft success
21st April 2010
Artificial human skin developed in the laboratory has been successfully grafted onto mice.
3Rs in front of the camera
25th March 2010
If there is one thing that anti-vivisection campaigns are good at, it's providing vivid imagery.
Bad design or bad reporting?
26th January 2010
Critiques of animal research usually focus on issues such as the need for the study, the number of animals used, and how they are treated.
Biomatrix may allow tumour testing without mice
23rd November 2009
Mice are used widely in the study of cancer and to test the clinical efficiency and safety of anti-cancer therapies.
Towards replacing rabbit eye tests
26th October 2009
Two new 'non-animal methods', have now been approved by OECD for testing the irritancy of some substances to the eye.
EU tries to avoid using 54 million more animals
14th September 2009
A recent study suggests that the chemical industry will have to spend €9.5 billion (US$13.6 billion) on safety testing over the next decade.
Snails, slime moulds and flies
30th July 2009
Government funding for alternatives research, through NC3Rs, has nearly doubled this year compared with 2008.
40,000 trout undercut costs, increase accuracy
26th June 2009
The largest animal study ever on the cancer-causing risk (carcinogenicity) of chemicals could have profound implications for the species used in such testing, the numbers of animals used, and the accuracy of current tests.