Research & medical benefits
Loneliness linked to cancer in rats
Loneliness and stress are more likely to cause breast cancer, a study using rats suggests.
Novel treatment to tackle Hepatitis C
Targeting host molecules instead of the virus has proved successful in killing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), research on chimpanzees has found.
Missing link found in foetal heart failure
The inability to form a blood clot in a foetal blood vessel has been linked to heart failure in newborns, a study using mice has discovered.
Stem cell therapy restores vision in rats
Vision in blind rats has been restored by a UK team in collaboration with international scientists.
New virus helps combat brain tumours
Aggressive brain tumours can be killed and prevented from recurring using a virus, a new study using mice has found.
Stomach hormone protects against Parkinson’s disease
A study involving mice has revealed that a hormone originating in the stomach has a new use in boosting resistance to Parkinson's disease.
Cancer vaccine implant success in mice
A cancer ‘vaccine' which can be implanted under the skin and instructs the body to attack tumour cells has proved successful in experiments with mice.
Why a little bit of dirt never harmed anyone
‘Friendly' bacteria living on the skin can be beneficial to our health, according to new research using mice and human cells.
Better understanding of need for new brain cells
Scientists know that the adult brain continues to create new nerve cells (neurons), but the reason why this happens is poorly understood.
Artificial skin from stem cells for fast burn treatment
Sheets of 'substitute skin' from human embryonic stem cells have been grafted onto mice in the laboratory.
New MS treatment for spinal cord injury?
Researchers have made a step forward in treating nerve cells damaged in spinal cord injuries, using guinea pig tissues.
Unlimited supply of rare cells produced in the lab
A new method to treat arthritis has proven successful in mice, and holds strong hopes for treating other autoimmune disorders.
Lung tumour treatment shows promise
Researchers have discovered a new medicine which is able to stop lung tumours from growing in mice, even eliminating them altogether in half of all cases.
Considering what it is to be human
The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched a new project to examine the use of animals containing human material in scientific research.
Damaging effects of fat reversed
Researchers have long known that overweight people are more likely to develop conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
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