Nanoparticles seek out plaques in arteries
Researchers have designed small particles - ‘nanoparticles' - that are able to selectively bind to plaques in arteries.
Effect of breast cancer gene reversed
Scientists have identified a gene implicated in up to one fifth of breast cancers. The good news is that studies in mice seem to show a commonly-used blood pressure drug appears to reverse the effects of the gene.
Pig cells transplant potential
Scientists have found a way to turn adult cells from pigs into any tissue in the body.
UK bioscience sector submits evidence to Lords
The House of Lords European Union Committee, Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) has begun to take oral evidence on the revision of the European Directive on animal experimentation
Japanese scientists produce fluorescing marmosets
Transgenic mice have been used in research for the last 20 years, and have made significant contributions to biomedical research.
Cold virus fights cancer selectively
Scientists have managed to modify the cold virus so that it only targets and damages cancerous cells.
Scientists link tumours to depression
Studies using rats have linked chemicals released by tumours with depression.
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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.
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