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This week in animal research 11/03/16

11 March 2016

Posted by: UAR news team

Category: Research & medical benefits

This week in animal research 11 March 2016

7 - 11 March

A pregnant rhesus macaques was infected with Zika virus on March 7, 2016

https://dholk.primate.wisc.edu/project/dho/public/Zika/public/ZIKV-003/begin.view

Three projects have each been awarded £30,000 seed funding, through the NC3Rs CRACK IT Solutions partnering programme, to support collaborations which will help develop, validate and test technologies with 3Rs potential. The programme links technology developers with researchers and organisations that can add value to the existing “know-how” and ultimately maximise the scientific, commercial and 3Rs opportunities.

http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/news/new-crack-it-solutions-funded-collaborations-3rs-technology-development

A pioneering procedure to regenerate the eye has successfully treated children with cataracts in China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35762713

Vision restored in rabbits following stem cell transplantation

Scientists have demonstrated a method for generating several key types of eye tissue from human stem cells in a way that mirrors whole eye development. When transplanted to an animal model of corneal blindness, these tissues are shown to repair the front of the eye and restore vision,

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/215659-eye-tissue-grown-in-lab

Using Herceptin in combination with another drug before surgery shrinks and may even destroy breast cancer tumours

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/10/breast-cancer-study-finds-drug-combination-that-gives-astonishing-results

Newborn neurons vital for memory have been viewed in a live brain for the first time.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2080272-newborn-neurons-observed-in-a-live-brain-for-first-time/

The mass slaughter of rhinos has increased for the sixth year in a row, according to grim new figures from international researchers.

At least 1,338 of the iconic animals were killed for their horns in Africa last year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35769413