Research & medical benefits
Faster repair for damaged bones
Stem cells can help repair severely damaged bones quickly, studies on sheep and humans have revealed.
Absent gene heals mice without scarring
Mice lacking the p21 gene can be healed scar free, a study has shown.
Tapeworm vaccine helps pigs and humans
A new vaccine successfully blocks tapeworm infection in pigs, helping to break the cycle of infection between pigs and humans.
Mouse model develops human liver
Mice could be more useful in the study of hepatitis than previously thought, as research into the possibility of growing a human liver in a mouse has proven successful.
New cause of diabetes revealed
Pig models are becoming increasingly important in medical research into the causes of diseases, and have now shed new light on the causes of diabetes.
TB and leprosy resistance gene link
A new gene variant that increases resistance to diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy, has been identified from studies on zebrafish and humans.
Stomach hormone helps reduce liver damage
A hormone found in the stomach reduces inflammation and could ease liver diseases such as cirrhosis, research on rats has revealed.
HIV vaccine ready for human trials
Using a deactivated form of HIV as a vaccine may be the best new treatment for fighting the HIV virus, concluded scientists after studying primate responses to the treatment.
Brain development timing crucial for Fragile X
Slower brain development may be the reason some children reject all physical affection, research on mice has shown.
Gene linked to premenstrual disorder
Premenstrual disorder may be linked to a specific gene, research on mice has shown.
Anaesthetic stops pain not movement
A novel anaesthetic that can stop pain yet allows patients to retain movement has been discovered through a study using rats.
Mystery of Valium addiction revealed
Drugs such as Valium and Xanax could be redesigned after a study on mice has revealed the mechanism which makes them addictive.
Osteoporosis 'pill' success
Taking a special ‘bone pill' could be the key to healing brittle bones, research on mice has shown.
Effects of ageing in mice reversed using blood
Old mice have had their bone marrow rejuvenated after receiving blood supplies from younger mice, a new study has revealed.
Anti-depressant successful on stressed rats
Symptoms of depression caused by an inflammatory response could be alleviated by a new treatment, a study on rats has shown.
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