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Stem cell development dependent on blood flow
Two studies have indicated that it is the physical force of a heart beat which triggers blood stem cells to produce new blood cells.
Mechanism behind thalidomide's toxicity
Scientists believe they have pinpointed why thalidomide causes birth defects when given to pregnant women.
Website spotlight: image library
Our online animal image library is one of the stand-out resources of the Understanding Animal Research website.
Mechanism behind blood clots
Scientists using mice believe they have identified the mechanism which determines whether fatty deposits in the arteries are harmless or potentially fatal.
Treatment 'reverses' Alzheimer's in mice
A team of scientists studying mice has pinpointed a gene involved in memory impairment, such as that seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
MEPs support Agriculture committee report
On Tuesday 5 May, MEPs in the European Parliament held a plenary session in which they voted on the first reading of a proposed revised Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (the earlier Directive was EU 86/609).
Website spotlight: A Researchers' Guide to Communications
Understanding Animal Research has a new booklet offering advice to researchers who want to be more open about their work.
Cause of recurrent seizures revealed
Researchers studying mice have shown that an increase in excitability in calcium channels in the brain could explain recurrent seizures.
Flaky tail mouse mimics eczema
Scientists have discovered a mouse which carries the genetic mutation responsible for increased susceptibility to eczema, and eczema-related asthma.
New method for HIV vaccination?
Scientists have developed a possible way to immunise animals against HIV using the common cold virus.
Remember the Patients
Within the next two weeks MEPs will vote on new European regulations governing medical research using animals across Europe.
Windows to the world
The regular column in The Times called 'The Shift', which profiles different jobs, today featured an animal technologist working at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
A human rights approach to policing protest
A report Demonstrating respect for rights? A human rights approach to policing protest was published by the House of Lords and House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights last month.
Pro-Test does it again
You could tell it was California in April and not Oxford in February, because the sun was shining.
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