Snails, slime moulds and flies
Government funding for alternatives research, through NC3Rs, has nearly doubled this year compared with 2008.
Gene controller causes Down syndrome
Researchers have used mice to pinpoint what goes wrong in aneuploidy, which includes the most common genetic disorders involving chromosomes, usually an extra chromosome.
New way to reduce anaphylactic shock
Using mice, scientists have pinpointed the molecule which is responsible for making allergic reactions more severe.
Swine flu research
Our own modest contribution to swine flu information is now online, as the government estimates the number of new cases of swine flu in England reached 100,000 in the past week.
What do they know?
We recently became aware of a new website that can be used to make Freedom of Information requests and acts as an archive for all information received.
More research means more animals
The 2008 figures for use of animals in UK research were released today by the Home Office.
Fat busting pill?
An artificial hormone has reduced body weight and fat mass in mice, and fast.
PeTA boobs again
The latest completely irresponsible PeTA campaign uses a crass computer game to push its 'breasts not animal tests' message to children. The web is all a-twitter with reviews panning the game.
Single shot reverses rabies
UK bioscience sector publishes detailed response on European regulation
A dozen organisations representing UK bioscience have published their answers, many of them detailed, to 72 questions posed by the UK Home Office.
Caffeine halts Alzheimer's
Using GM mice, scientists have shown that caffeine can reduce dementia symptoms.
Elixir from Easter Island?
apamycin was found in soil on Easter Island 40 years ago.
Hype, hope and hybrids
The three-year public debate in the UK on animal-hybrid embryos was always a secondary issue for Understanding Animal Research and its forerunners, but an important one.
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.
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.
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