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1 January 1970

Posted by: Richard Scrase

Category: News


Tuning the immune system reverses MS

Scientists have found a way to reverse the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice.

Cancer treatment targets tumour growth protein

A chemical tested in mice, cell cultures and human biopsies has proved highly effective in preventing the growth of tumours.

Cancer risk increased by bacterial infection

Long-lasting inflammation, such as that caused by persistent bacterial infections, is estimated to account for up to 16% of cancers worldwide.

Scientists block pathological aggression in mice

There is growing evidence that low levels of an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A (MAO A) causes antisocial behaviour and aggression in both humans and mice.

Diabetes medicine improves memory in mice

A medicine currently used to treat diabetes has been shown to promote the formation of new neurons in the brains of mice, leading to better performances in a spatial learning test.

Parkinson disease protein spreads between neurons

Experiments in rats have uncovered how a protein believed to cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is able to spread between nerve cells and damage the neural networks of the brain.

Opossum models liver disease

Animal models are used by scientists to replicate human diseases in another living animal, allowing them to study the biology of the disease and test potential treatments.

Child skin-cancer gene identified

A gene essential for the development of a rare form of childhood skin cancer has been identified.

Nanoparticles reduce prostate tumours in mice

Scientists have used radioactive gold nanoparticles fused to a chemical found in tea to shrink prostate tumours in mice.

Damaged proteins block immune cell transport

A study of immune cells taken from ageing mice has found that oxygen-damaged proteins block a crucial transport pathway within the cells, preventing them from recognising pathogens and leading to a weakened immune system.

Cats make the headlines

Tabloid and local newspapers as well as BBC radio recently reported on research from 2010 which involved cats.

Record amount awarded for research to reduce animal experiments

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’.

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