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1 January 1970

Posted by: Richard Scrase

Category: News


Mouse stem cells guided to become neuron-protecting cells

Scientists have successfully guided mouse stem cells to become specialised cells that build a protective coat around neurons.

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.

From Fireflies to Superbugs

Genetic modification, taking genes from one animal and putting them in another sounds like science fiction but has become an essential tool for modern medical research.

Prize for technique that reduces number of animals in spinal injury research

A scientist from the University of Glasgow has been awarded a 3Rs Prize for developing a cell-based technique that models severed nerves usually studied in animals.

3,000 Italian Researchers say no to law limiting animal research

More than three thousand researchers have signed an open appeal to the Italian Government, requesting changes in the way the EU 2010/63 Directive on animal research is being implemented in their country.

Animal research and Asian vulture conservation

While the contribution of animal research for human medical development is well known, the role that animal studies have to play in environmental and conservation work often receives very little attention.

Reversing Rett Syndrome in mice

New research using mouse models has shown that glial cells, which protect and support neurons in the brain, play a central role in preventing the severe symptoms of Rett Syndrome.

Enzyme linked to miscarriages and infertility

Studies of patient tissue and experiments using mice have linked a specific enzyme to both infertility and miscarriage.

Stem cells could replace bone-marrow transplants

Scientists have used cytokins – cell signalling molecules – to develop a stem cell therapy for treating blood diseases like leukaemia.

Gene therapy targets 'cancer gene'

Gene therapy using a mutant form of a gene known to be involved in many of the most common cancers can destroy tumours in mice without any major side effects.

Nobel guinea pigs

Although nearly 85% of Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine have relied upon animal research, a few laureates have used themselves as guinea pigs.

The A-Z(T) of anti-science

John Meredith, our Head of Education and Outreach, discusses the anti-science prejudice of the movie Dallas Buyers Club. Such films create a mistrust in research while encouraging crank science.

Animal research news feed

Tests of ‘good bacteria’ yoghurt products using pig stomach acid have shown that many of them are likely to be useless.

Medical drama

A TV dramatisation of Edwardian antivivisection protest on Sunday night in Casualty 1909 shows there's little new in the public debate over animal research and testing.

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