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1 January 1970

Posted by: Richard Scrase

Category: News


Spinal implant relieves Parkinson's in rodents

Researchers have found that an electrical current, delivered through an implant in the spinal chord, can aid movement in rodents showing Parkinson’s symptoms.

Gene suppression in type 2 diabetes

Blocking the action of a gene called Sirtuin-1 reduced the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in rats, scientists have found.

40,000 trout undercut costs, increase accuracy

The largest animal study ever on the cancer-causing risk (carcinogenicity) of chemicals could have profound implications for the species used in such testing, the numbers of animals used, and the accuracy of current tests.

Food dye aids spinal crush injury

A blue dye – similar to that used in M&Ms and liquorice allsorts – can help protect rats' crushed spinal cords from further damage.

Patching a broken heart

A team of scientists have developed a patch which could help the heart to heal after damage.

Liver grafts grown in the lab

Scientists are a step closer to producing artificial livers after successfully producing a rat liver graft from stem cells.

Painkiller from sea snail venom

A new painkiller is 100 times more potent than other painkillers, tests on rats have revealed.

Rats breathe using lab lungs

For the first time rats have been able to breathe using lab grown lungs, a new study reports.

Jamie’s Dream School – animal madness?

In his science lessons for Jamie’s Dream School on Channel 4, Lord Winston showed the dramatic (in more ways than one!) impact that using animals can have in science lessons.

Stem cell treatment for stroke trial

A treatment developed in rats and mice has been shown to be safe in the first ever human trial of stem cell treatment for stroke victims.

Diabetes 'cured' with brain stem cells

Stem cells taken from a rat's brain using a simple procedure have been made to produce insulin and used to cure diabetes in the same rat.

Chemotherapy delivered through the nipple

Tests in both rats and patients have shown that chemotherapy delivered through the milk ducts of the nipple is more effective and leads to fewer side-effects than intravenous drug delivery.

Blood protein from rice treats rats

A human blood protein has been produced using genetically modified rice and used to treat liver disease in rats.

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.

Artificial 'jellyfish' moved by heart cells

The jellyfish in this video may look pretty simplistic, but it represents an exciting stage in engineering complex tissues, which could be used to build organs, and test new heart drugs.

A new way to prevent transplant rejection

For more than 50 years doctors have been using immune-suppressants to prevent organ rejection following transplant operations.

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.

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