1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Scrase
Laurie Pycroft, who founded Pro-Test five years ago, was profiled in The Independent Education section today.
Scientists have successfully guided mouse stem cells to become specialised cells that build a protective coat around neurons.
We have wanted to film in an animal facility for some time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Home Office has just released the animal research statistics for 2013
22,214 procedures conducted in Northern Ireland. Experiments down 1.3% from 2015.
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.
Studies of patient tissue and experiments using mice have linked a specific enzyme to both infertility and miscarriage.
Mice with Type1 diabetes have effectively been cured using human embryonic stem cells.
Scientists have used cytokins – cell signalling molecules – to develop a stem cell therapy for treating blood diseases like leukaemia.
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.
What do armadillos and humans have in common? They can both be infected with leprosy, one of the oldest and most dreaded diseases known to man.
Although nearly 85% of Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine have relied upon animal research, a few laureates have used themselves as guinea pigs.
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.
Tests of ‘good bacteria’ yoghurt products using pig stomach acid have shown that many of them are likely to be useless.
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.