Research & medical benefits
Glaucoma reversed in rats and humans
Researchers have reversed the symptoms of glaucoma in rats using medicated eye drops.
Heart stimulated to heal itself
Scientists have shown for the first time that it is possible to stimulate the heart to heal itself without the use of stem cell technology.
Rodent teeth grow from stem cells
Mice have grown new teeth from stem cells implanted into the jawbone.
Chimps get AIDS too
Scientists have discovered that the natural hosts of a strain of SIV develop AIDS when infected.
Food dye aids spinal crush injury
A blue dye – similar to that used in M&Ms and liquorice allsorts – can help protect rats' crushed spinal cords from further damage.
Skin stem cells make mouse clones
A new kind of stem cell, that doesn't involve destroying embryos, has produced new life.
Gene controller causes Down syndrome
Researchers have used mice to pinpoint what goes wrong in aneuploidy, which includes the most common genetic disorders involving chromosomes, usually an extra chromosome.
New way to reduce anaphylactic shock
Using mice, scientists have pinpointed the molecule which is responsible for making allergic reactions more severe.
Fat busting pill?
An artificial hormone has reduced body weight and fat mass in mice, and fast.
Single shot reverses rabies
Caffeine halts Alzheimer's
Using GM mice, scientists have shown that caffeine can reduce dementia symptoms.
Elixir from Easter Island?
apamycin was found in soil on Easter Island 40 years ago.
Gene suppression in type 2 diabetes
Blocking the action of a gene called Sirtuin-1 reduced the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in rats, scientists have found.
Targeting skin cancer
Using fish, scientists have discovered a signalling pathway that could be used to treat skin cancers (melanomas).
GM mice get Parkinson's disease
Researchers have created a GM mouse that develops Parkinson's disease.
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