1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Scrase
It is well known that obesity can lead to health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and it is thought that this is due to low-grade inflammation.
Researchers have discovered that a derivative of cholesterol is necessary for forming brain cells.
Shining a laser into the brain may ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s, a new study in mice has shown.
Some of the symptoms relating to Down syndrome have been linked to two genes on chromosome 21, a study on mice has shown.
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.
The UK government announced this morning that the number of animal procedures in 2009 fell by 1% compared with the previous year.
A study on mice suggests that cell suicide may encourage tumours to grow instead of destroying them.
The dementia associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases is commonly associated with abnormal clumps of a protein (B-synuclein) in the brain.
Cancer tumours somehow escape the body's immune system, even when that immune system is primed by a vaccine designed to specifically target the cancer.
A medicine previously used to treat high blood pressure could now be applied to Alzheimer's disease following tests on GM mice.
A new compound has been designed that controls weight and blood sugar in mice, raising the prospect of a treatment for sufferers of obesity and diabetes.
Premature ageing can be reversed in mice, hinting at the possibility of anti-aging treatments for humans.
An enzyme responsible for making pain last after nerve injury has been discovered in mice.
A new mouse model of muscular dystrophy has found that stem cells play an important role in this genetic disease.
Scientists have created a mouse that is said to sing like a bird.
Mice are the archetypal laboratory animal.
Mice have been genetically modified to grow stronger hearts.
The spread of cancer to other organs has been reduced in mice by blocking an enzyme.
Regular endurance exercise reduces the effects of ageing, according to new research on mice.
'The MRC is absolutely committed to basic research and we understand the value of mouse genetics', said Professor Sir John Savill, CEO of the Medical Research Council today, announcing a multi-million pound investment in mouse genetics.