Animal welfare & alternatives
Deadly rinderpest virus eradicated
The UN has just announced that rinderpest, a virus that used to cause deadly outbreaks in cattle, has been eradicated in the wild.
No retirement for chimp colony
186 chimps currently housed in unofficial retirement in the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico are to be re-housed in the Southwest National Primate Research Center.
Tasmanian Devil genome sequenced
The Tasmanian Devil is at risk of extinction in the wild due to a transmissible cancer passed on when one animal bites another.
Why older women fail to conceive
As women get older the chances of infertility, birth defects and developmental disabilities go up.
Shellfish toxin testing
The recently published Annual report (2009) of the Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate and Division highlights progress towards suitable alternatives to replace the use of mice in the testing for toxins in shellfish.
Ferrets, flu, fish and pharmaceuticals
Grants worth £4 million have just been announced for 13 science projects that aim to minimise the use of laboratory animals and improve their welfare.
Artificial lung an alternative test-bed?
A functional artificial lung on a chip, which mimics the behavour of mouse lungs, has been created.
Canine cancer consortium
Two organisations have joined together to further research into canine cancer.
Dogs knees hold sporting injury clue
Canine genetics may be able to explain why both humans and dogs develop ligament injuries.
Artificial skin graft success
Artificial human skin developed in the laboratory has been successfully grafted onto mice.
3Rs in front of the camera
If there is one thing that anti-vivisection campaigns are good at, it's providing vivid imagery.
Bad design or bad reporting?
Critiques of animal research usually focus on issues such as the need for the study, the number of animals used, and how they are treated.
Biomatrix may allow tumour testing without mice
Mice are used widely in the study of cancer and to test the clinical efficiency and safety of anti-cancer therapies.
Towards replacing rabbit eye tests
Two new 'non-animal methods', have now been approved by OECD for testing the irritancy of some substances to the eye.
EU tries to avoid using 54 million more animals
A recent study suggests that the chemical industry will have to spend €9.5 billion (US$13.6 billion) on safety testing over the next decade.
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